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How to cite your sources in APA, MLA, Chicago, and other formats
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This guide provides links to websites and handouts on how to format citations in popular styles such as APA, MLA, and Chicago. The links include examples on how to format citations in bibliographies/works cited lists, and also in the text of your paper.

Quick Tips:

  • If you are unsure of which citation style to use, ask your instructor.
  • As you start to gather sources and write your paper, make sure to save all of your citation information (books, journal articles, etc.) so you have the information handy when it comes time to add in your citations.
    • The UW-Green Bay Writing Center has handouts on how to cite in APA and MLA formats, the two most popular citation styles.
    • Ask for help! Use the Research Help page to connect with a librarian at Cofrin Library.

    Style Guides @ Cofrin Library

    The following books provide detailed instructions on how to format citations in a particular style. Some style guides will be located in the reference collection on the 3rd floor of the library, or may be held behind the Research Help Desk. Please search the Cofrin Library Catalog or ask at the Research Help Desk for other style guides in Cofrin Library's collection.

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    Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.
    Call Number: REF BF76.7 .P83 2010, 3rd floor
    ISBN: 1433805618
    From the American Psychological Association, this citation style is typically used in the social sciences.

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    MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.
    Call Number: REF LB2369 .G53 2009, 3rd floor
    ISBN: 1603290249
    From the Modern Language Association, this citation style is typically used in the arts and humanities.

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    Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.
    Call Number: REF Z253 .U69 2010, 3rd floor
    ISBN: 0226104206
    From the University of Chicago Press, this citation style is popular in fields such as history, and other areas of arts and humanities.

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    A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian), 7th ed.
    Call Number: REF LB2369 .T8 2007, 3rd floor
    ISBN: 0226823377
    Referred to as "Turabian" style, this citation style is very similar to Chicago style.

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    Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual, 7th ed.
    Call Number: REF T11 .S386 2006, 3rd floor
    ISBN: 097796650X
    From the Council of Science Editors, this citation style is used in many science fields.

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    The ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information, 3rd ed.
    Call Number: REF QD8.5 .A25 2006, 3rd floor
    ISBN: 9780841239999
    From the American Chemical Society, this citation style is typically used in chemistry and other science fields.

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    Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More
    Call Number: REF PN171 .F56 L55 2006, 3rd floor
    ISBN: 9780226484754
    Examples on how to format in-text citations, works cited/reference lists, and footnotes/endnotes in popular citation styles.


    NoodleTools - Save & Cite Your Sources in APA, MLA, Chicago

    NoodleTools is a resource you can use to gather citations to sources you are using for papers and projects.

    You can make annotations and enter notes about these sources. Then you can format your sources into bibliographies using citation styles such as APA, MLA, and Chicago.

    To get started, go to NoodleTools and click on Create a Personal ID to sign up for an account. Access is limited to current UWGB students, faculty, and staff. 

    Introduction to NoodleTools

    Want to know more about how to use Noodle Tools? Watch this quick video:


    Learn more about Noodle Tools or sign up for an "Introduction to Noodle Tools" in-person class on the Noodle Tools guide.


    NoodleTools: Handout

    Need help in getting started with NoodleTools? Use the handout below:


    Other Citation Management Tools

    The following programs help organize citations and format bibliographies and works cited lists.


    Zotero is a popular citation management program. This free service currently works as an "plug-in" with the popular Firefox web browser. You need to have both Firefox and Zotero downloaded on your computer or laptop. It works with both PC and Mac. In addition, a new stand alone version that works without Firefox can also be downloaded. Zotero can:

    • Capture citations to content that you are viewing on the web (books, journal articles, websites, etc...).
    • Fomat bibliographies and works cited lists.
    • Contains a "plug in" for word processing programs (e.g., Word) to automatically add in-text citations.


    EndNote Web

    UWGB subscribes to a program called EndNote Web - a web-based service designed to help students and researchers through the process of writing a research paper. EndNote Web is free for UWGB students, faculty, and staff.

    • Undergraduate students can organize their references for citing in papers.

    • Professional researchers and graduate students can use EndNote Web as the perfect complement to EndNote and other desktop writing tools, as well as storing references between ISI Web of Knowledge search sessions.

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