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Citation Generators


Landmarks Citation Machine

A number of the library’s research databases automatically generate citations or provide tips for citing their resources. Consult the database menu, under Help, or look for "How to Cite" links.  Note: You should always check these automatically generated citations against citation style guides to make sure they are correct.


Why Cite?

The primary reason for citing information sources is to acknowledge and credit the work of others. If you consult books, other print resources, or electronic resources (e.g., web pages, journal articles retrieved from library databases, etc.), you should cite these sources in your bibliography or “Works Cited” page.


Online Citation Style Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Provides guidelines for citing both print and electronic sources in MLA and APA styles.
MLA style | MLA style for electronic sources
APA style | APA style for electronic sources
The Chicago Manual of Style (15th and 16th editions)

Research and Documentation Online
Provides guidelines for citing both print and electronic sources in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE (formerly called CBE) styles. Sample citations provided. Select "Documenting Sources" from the online menu.

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