Sunday, June 1, 2008

Format References Using Citation Machine

We want to highlight a web site that can save you time learning how to format references for a wide variety of print and electronic resources.

Use the Citation Machine (http://www.citationmachine.net/) if you need to create MLA or APA bibliographies and parenthetical references. The site is especially helpful if you are unsure how to write citations for traditional sources, such as books, articles, web pages and full-text articles obtained from our library research databases.

To make the best use of this site, make sure you have the full citations for all your source materials with you before you begin. Then select a template for a particular type of resource and complete the web form. Once the reference is displayed, you will have to cut and paste it into your word processor. Keep in mind that special formatting, such as italics and underlining, may not transfer properly, and that citations to be used for bibliographies will not have the proper indentation.

Despite these shortcomings, the Citation Machine when used with a print copy of Diana Hacker's A Writer's Reference, 5th edition or Diane Hacker's Research and Documentation Online web site to check these details, you will be on your way to mastering the art of citing your sources.

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