Step 10 - Final Paper and Citation Style Guide
You have almost completed your research assignment, but first you must make sure you are properly citing your sources so the reader understands which ideas are yours and which ideas come from an outside source.
As previously mentioned, you must cite a work in two places in your paper; in the text where you refer to another author's work, and at the end of the paper in the References / Bibliography / Works Cited page.
There are many citations styles but the three main ones that you are likely to see, depending on what discipline you are writing your paper for, are the APA, MLA, or Chicago Style. It is important to correctly use one of these guides to reference your paper properly.
APA (American Psychological Association)
MLA (Modern Language Association)
To help create citations:
Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online has lots of information to help you.
Many journal databases like EBSCO, Proquest & CSA generate citations in the style you choose.
The Ohio State University has compiled some nice pages with examples of citations from many different sources.
Books in The Henry Madden Library
- APA - Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. BF 76.7 P83
- MLA - MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. LB2369 G53
- Chicago - Chicago Manual of Style. Z 53 U69
- AMA - American Medical Association Manual of Style. 9th ed. R119 .A533 1998
These online generators format citations and bibliographies. We recommend:
- EasyBib -Both MLA (free) & APA (for .00/year).
- Endnote, which has been purchased for the use of Fresno State students and faculty, can be used for extensive bibliographies and research notes. Go here to install the software on your computer.
- Son of Citation Machine
- Zotero - install this Firefox extension and you can create bibliographies as well as take notes.