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Citation & Style Formats

See also: LRC Resources Research/Term Papers and Copyright Resources pages.
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General resources for style information

Many of the databases that we access and subscribe to, i.e. EBSCOhost and ProQuest, have a citation feature as part of the service.  Ask the librarian if you cannot find this feature.

BibMe - a free automatic bibliography generator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting, allows you to create and download a bibliography; requires free registration to save and download your bibliogrpahies.

EasyBib - free automatic citation/bibliography generator, supports major styles and formats.  A nice feature is that besides creating a manual entry, you can search materials by ISBN, author, title, etc. and it will fill it most of the form for you. Allows you to create and download the bibliography.

Son of Citation Machine – will format the citation (bibliography & parenthetical in text) in MLA, APA, etc. from information you supply, you can then copy & paste to your document. Does not allow you to save to a list and download.

OCLC's WorldCat database - you can retrieve a record for materials (books, media, journals, etc.) and use the Cite/Export link at the top of the record to copy & paste or export a citation in several formats.          

Dr. Abel Scribe’s Guides to Style for Research Papers.  Covers all style formats. Spencerian College, Lexington faculty use the MLA - Modern Language Association and the APA - American Psychological Association style manuals.
         To go directly to Dr. Scribe's - MLA style guides | APA style guides - click on one.
These sites are thorough and have examples of papers, quick study and reference guides that you can print out.  Some may require Adobe Acrobat, or other reader, to view and print.

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) - Research and Citation Resources - excellent source of information on research and citation styles; several of the resources can be downloaded.

►For faculty that use APA:  APA Lite (2009) Instructor’s Precis  - a good source to read.

Sample APA & MLA papers: (all in pdf format)


Print resources in the LRC collection

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed.
New York: The Modern Language Association, 2009.
Call number: REF 808.02 M6998m 2009 –- Library Use Only. 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed.
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010.
Call number: REF 808.0661 P9609 2010 – Library Use Only

Quick online examples of formatting can be found on the following web sites: (many university libraries and departments maintain example pages like below, and also guides for style formats).

MLA style: Honolulu Community College Library   

MLA style: Dallas TeleCollege Library and Richland College Library 

APA style: College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Clemens Library


APA style: Northwest Missouri State University, B.D. Owens Library