The Reference Desks have copies of the latest editions of several major style manuals, including the APA, MLA and Chicago guides.
If you are using Summon or one of the databases, many of them have citation help and suggested formatting built-in. See the Citation Formatting for EbscoHOST Databases, ProQuest Databases, and SCOPUS and Searching Summon guides for help, or ask a librarian. Be sure to check the suggested formatting for things like capitalization and punctuation. Many database citations still need minor corrections to comply with the style requirements.
The following sites are good citation resources.
- OWL (Purdue University) Research and Citation Resources
- Knight Cite (Calvin College) Build citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles
- Style Guide (American Anthropological Association)
- Chicago Manual of Style (Quick Guide)
- Citation (Duke University)
- Citation (Long Island University)
- Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd edition
- ICMJE: Preparing a Manuscript for Submission to a Biomedical Journal
You may also find this UMSL Libraries tutorial on Interpreting Citations helpful.
There are many different software packages designed to help manage your citations. Here are a few that you may wish to try:
- EndNote Basic is a web-only version of the full EndNote manager and is free for campus users after you create an account.
- Zotero is open source source software available as a standalone application or browser plug-in.
- Flow (from Proquest)
- If you primarily work with EBSCO's databases, you could try their Folders system. However, it is not well-suited to managing non-EBSCO resources.
- Microsoft Word also has some basic tools to manage citations within a paper: Using Microsoft Word 2010′s References Feature (for Students). A different manager may be better suited for big projects.
Please remember to backup your paper, including the citations, especially when working on large projects. For technical support, please contact the developers. The Libraries cannot provide technical support for these products.
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