Skip to Main Content

Citation Help

Free Online Citation Tools

Choose a citation generator from this list of free tools. Use them to create citations for books, articles, and websites. Note: some generators are loaded with advertisements.

MyBib - ad free

Easy Bib

Cite This for Me

Citation Machine

Style Guides

Style Guides

A style guide (or manual of style) is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents. Style guides also provide instruction in how to properly cite a source. Below are style guides available in the Kenison Library.

  1. Associated Press Stylebook - journalism
  2. Chicago Manual of Style - academic
  3. A Manual for Writers by Kate L. Turabian - academic
  4. MLA Handbook - humanities

Why Cite?

It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:

  • To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
  • To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
  • To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
  • To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list

About Citations

Citing a source means that you show, within the body of your text, that you took words, ideas, figures, images, etc. from another place.

Citations are a short way to uniquely identify a published work (e.g. book, article, chapter, web site).  They are found in bibliographies and reference lists and are also collected in article and book databases. 

Citations consist of standard elements, and contain all the information necessary to identify and track down publications, including:

  • author name(s)
  • titles of books, articles, and journals
  • date of publication
  • page numbers
  • volume and issue numbers (for articles)

MIT Libraries

Creating a Bibliography in Google Docs

Footnoting in Google Docs