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How to Cite

Resources for citation help, including handbooks and quick guides, for MLA, APA, Chicago, and AMA styles.

In This Section

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  • Information on citation generators and citation managers

magnifying class iconTIP: Double check

Always double check citations created by a citation generator or manager. Automatically generated citations frequently have issues with proper formatting, and might also have spelling errors or missing information. Cover your bases and double check their work!

Citation Generators

EasyBib

EasyBib is a free resource that allows you to build citations within a browser that can then be copied and pasted. Supports MLA, APA, and Chicago.

BibMe 

BibMe is a free resource that allows you to build citations within a browser that can then be copied and pasted. Supports MLA, APA, AMA, and Chicago.

Citation Builder 

Citation Builder is a free resource from the NCSU Libraries that allows you to build citations within a browser that can then be copied and pasted. Supports MLA, APA, and Chicago.

Citation Managers

Zotero

Zotero is a free bibliographic manager available as a software plugin in your web browser. Zotero collects, manages, and cites research from multiple types of sources. Through Zotero you can organize your research into different folders for different projects. Zotero can create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice. Zotero provides a series of tutorial videos to get you started. 

Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager that allows you to manage citations and PDFs. It includes plugins for Word and OpenOffice to create citations and/or bibliographies as you write. Unlike other similar tools, Mendeley is a social networking tool that allows you to connect and share with other researchers and students - you can even login via Facebook.