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Citation & Writing Style Guides: Bibliographic Tools

A guide from the Woodruff Library on how to cite your sources and avoid plagiarism.

Online Citation Generators

BibMe Bibliography Maker, E-Turabian & MLA - APA Citation Builder and More


Simple free online sources. Be sure to double check any citation you create with a generator.

3M Dash - Definition and Creation

Citing Sources Color Coded

Other Style Manuals

Long Island University Library Guide - COLOR CODED


Which should you use?
Ask each of your teachers which style they want you to use. If they have no preference, you can use any or follow these guidelines:

  • APA: psychology, education, and other social sciences.
  • MLA: literature, arts, and humanities.
  • AMA: medicine, health, and biological sciences.
  • Turabian: designed for college students to use with all subjects.
  • Chicago: used with all subjects in the "real world" by books, magazines, newspapers, and other non-scholarly publications.

Many hardcopy style manuals are kept on reserve behind the circulation desk. These contain examples about citing a wider variety of sources than these web pages do, as well as other things you may need to know, such as margins, font size, etc.

What is Endnote


A software tool for storing and organizing citation references in research papers and creating bibliographies. It enables you to import citationsfrom online journal databases directly into a Word document.  It has over 1,000 different bibliographic styles, and more.

Help Guides: Using EndNote: a series of short tutorials (from Thomson Co.)


EndNote Web is a free, web-based version of EndNote.

Help Guide: Using EndNote Web

EndNote vs. EndNote Web

Differences between EndNote and EndNote Web (from Thomson Co.)

Questions, please contact your Subject Librarian or


Free open source online citation tool, easier to use than RefWorks. Zotero works with Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux but not Internet Explorer (IE) or Google Chrome.

Zotero Basics

View this PowerPoint presentation to get an introduction to Zotero:

Zotero Support

For more information on Zotero, visit: