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Citing Sources: Getting Started

EasyBib: Citation Management Tool

EasyBib is an automatic bibliography composer. When you have sources you need to cite properly for your research paper, EasyBib will help you format your sources quickly and accurately. 

What is Citation

What is a citation? A citation....

  • Describes a journal article, book, website, or another type of published item
  • Credits the author for the idea
  • Helps the reader retrieve the item that you are referring to
  • Includes the author's name, title of piece, source (publisher, place of publication, or URL), and date

How do I know what citation format to use?

Your course instructor will normally tell you what citation format to use. 

  • MLA (Modern Language Association) Style - most commonly used format within the liberal arts and humanities.
  • APA (American Psychological Association) Style - most commonly used format within the social sciences.
  • Chicago Manual of Style - common in some social sciences but most notably in area of history.
  • CSE (Council of Science Editors) - most commonly used format within the sciences.