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Online Resources

These are some of the most common sites used to create correct source citations. There are other sites which you can find by searching Google for "citation or bibliography generators."


  • CiteFast - Three easy steps to APA and MLA style. Choose your style, complete the requested information, and select create! Citation and in-text citation are both created. With a book, enter the ISBN found on the back of a book, and for a website, enter the URL. Style guides are also included.
  • Son of Citation Machine - "Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use." MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago styles are shown. Choose your format style, choose your source, and enter the requested information. This site will then automatically create the correct citation in the correct format.
  • EasyBib - Another easy-to-use site where you select your source, enter your information, and click to create your Works Cited page or bibliography. Only the MLA version is free.
  • BibMe - Another free and very easy site to use. Here you can enter the ISBN number of a book (found on the back cover or in the publishing information), and BibMe will create the citation for you, without filling in any forms. There is the option to make the entries in a manual form. BibMe also has a list of style guides for MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago formats.
  • Citation Style Guides - From the University of California/Berkeley, these style guides cover why and how to cite sources using MLA, APA, and Chicago formats.
  • Interactive Boolean Search Tutorial - learn how And, Or, and Not work in a search engine or database.


A web directory is not a search engine and does not display lists of web pages based on keywords; instead, it lists web sites by category and subcategory.
No single search site covers the entire Web. Also, search sites offer different search options. A meta search engine, such as Dogpile, searches multiple search engines at the same time.


Search Engines

Search Directories


Do you know the difference between a Works Cited page and a Bibliography? Many people use these two terms interchangeably. A 
Works Cited page lists only works actually “used” in your paper or presentation. If your research project or multimedia presentation does not use a source, then it should not be in your works cited page.

bibliography is an alphabetical list of everything you used to research and in preparing a paper or project. It contains all of the works that you actually “used” in your paper or presentation, as well as a list of other books or sources you read but didn’t directly use in your project. Your citation style (APA, MLA...) may also require you to have a specific heading for this page.