Citing Sources

How do I cite sources (or make a bibliography)?

Need to build a bibliography and you're not sure how to make a citation for your books and articles? Try the following resources for guidance or assistance:

Use a Citation Guide

The Miami University Libraries Citation Resources guide has excellent information on creating a bibliography or reference page and on formatting in-text citations, or choose from the following list of individual citation style information:

GHL also owns print copies of most citation manuals (search Books & More for specific titles or contact our library staff for more assistance).

Let the Database Make a Citation For You

When you're searching in Articles & More, Books & More, or our individual article databases you can find a citation in the format you need. In the Books and More library catalog, look for the Cite link to show the item you're looking forward formatted for APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and Turabian. In Articles & More or other EBSCOhost databases (e.g., Academic Search Complete), you'll also see a Cite choice when you view an individual article that will format citations in several styles. Most of our other databases have their own internal citation formatters as well.

Enter Your Citation Information Into a Formatter

The North Carolina State University Libraries Citation Builder will create citations for you in MLA, APA, Chicago, or CSE/CBE formats. Just choose the type of citation you need and enter your citation information. BibMe (more information below) is also a formatter, with many more citation styles available.

Use a Citation Manager to Gather Citations and Create Bibliographies

There are tools available that you can use to collect citations from databases and then create bibliographies in any style that you need. You will find many options on the Citation Managers guide, plus some others that are listed below. The comparison chart below will help you choose the right tool for your need.

 

BibMe

Zotero

EndNote Web

Cost

Free

Free

Free

Access

Web-based

Browser-based (Firefox)

Web-based

Account creation

Required to download completed bibliography

Required to use Zotero

Required to use EndNote Web

Import from Online Databases

No

Yes

Yes

Citation Styles

APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago

APA, MLA and 14 other styles plus 1200+ styles created by users

APA, MLA and 3300+ other styles

Bibliography Formats

RTF file that can be edited in Word

Word and Open Office

RTF file that can be edited in Word

Best Uses

Good for creating bibliographies for papers

Good for collecting and organizing sources and writing papers for classes.

Good for collecting and organizing sources and writing papers for classes.

Website

BibMe

Zotero

EndNote Web

How To Guide

BibMe

Zotero

EndNote Web