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Citations Guide: Citation Styles

Citation management systems that can store all your research as well as put all your references into proper format. Also covers the most popular style manuals.

In a Hurry?

For a quick way to put your references into the proper format, use Citation Machine. It easily formats your endnotes or bibliographies into APA, MLA, Chicago or Turabian formats.

Also has a free Plagiarism Check to check your paper for plagiarism and check for correct grammar too!

Check with Your Instructor

Librarians can help you locate the right resources for your research, and they can also help you find the right style guide. But these are questions which you should check with your instructor first:

  • Which citation format (style manual) should I use?
  • Does this information in my research have to be cited?
  • When should I quote and when can I paraphrase or summarize?
  • How will I know if my paraphrase is too close to the original?
  • Is the citation entry correct?

You can find answers to many of these questions along with general citation help in the WSU Writing Center located in Sullivan room 306. The Writing Center also maintains an OWL (Online Writing Lab) where WSU students can submit their work online and receive feedback and support within 72 hours.