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:

Find Citations As You Search Databases

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

Use a Citation Guide

Choose your citation style and find a guide to creating a bibliography or in-text citations (along with other formatting information):

Other online guides are linked from the Miami University Libraries Citation Resources and Guidelines LibGuide. GHL also owns print copies of most citation manuals (search our Catalog for specific titles or contact our library staff for more assistance).

Enter Your Citation Information Into a Formatter

The North Carolina State University Libraries Citation Builder will create citations for you in MLA or APA formats. Just choose the type of citation you need and enter your citation information. The Web-based tools below (EasyBib and BibMe) can also be used as citation formatters.

Use a Tool 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. The comparison chart below will help you choose the right tool for your need (see a PDF of the comparison chart).

 

EasyBib

BibMe

Zotero

EndNote Web

Mendeley

Cost

Free for MLA only

Free

Free

Free

Free

Access

Web-based

Web-based

Browser-based (Firefox)

Web-based

Web-based and standalone desktop client

Account creation

Required to save citations

Required to download completed bibliography

Required to use Zotero

Required to use EndNote Web

Required to use Mendeley

Import from Online Databases

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Citation Styles

APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago (only MLA is free)

APA, MLA, Turabian, Chicago

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

APA, MLA and 3300+ other styles

APA, MLA, and others

Bibliography Formats

Word Doc and Google Doc

RTF file that can be edited in Word

Word and Open Office

RTF file that can be edited in Word

Word and Open Office (plug-in required) and Google Doc

Best Uses

Good for creating bibliographies for papers.

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.

Good for collecting and organizing sources and preparing research projects or manuscripts for publication.

Website

EasyBib

BibMe

Zotero

EndNote Web

Mendeley

How To Guide

EasyBib

BibMe

Zotero

EndNote Web

Mendeley

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