Properly citing your sources is a fundamental part of the research process—the foundation upon
which scholarship is based. Here are tools available
through the library and on the web to help you cite sources correctly.
Style Guides Citation Guides Citation
Builders & Tools Library Books Tips
& Getting Help
Online Style Guides
- CSE Format
The Council of Science Editors format is the most common citation format used in the General Sciences.
The guidelines presented here are consistent with advice given in Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 7th ed. (2006).
- Use these citation guides to see examples of different citation styles for a variety of
Citation Builders and Tools
Enter your citation information, and these citation builders will create your bibliography for you in
Chicago, MLA or APA citation style. Online citation generators are no substitute
for knowing proper citation style; they process data, so any errors in a
record are carried over to the citation.
BibME is a is a
free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and
Turabian formatting, originally developed at Carnegie Mellon
Endnote Web is a Web-based reference management tool that allows you
to create a personal database of up to 10,000 references by
importing citations from online databases or text files. You can
organize references into folders, and quickly and easily create and
format bibliographies using a wide choice of citation styles.
NoodleBib4 Free version of NoodleBib. Supports MLA style. Includes basic formats only.
Requires that you create a free user account.
Citation Machine created for the Landmark Project by David Warlick.
Supports MLA and APA style. More choices than NoodleBib.
Interactive Bibliography Builder from the University of Toronto. Supports Chicago B and IEEE styles.
DocsCite from the University of Arizona. A citation builder for government publications including Internet sites. Supports APA and MLA.
Click a link below to do a quick catalog search on the style
of your choice to see what books are available at Rohrbach Library:
MLA style library catalog search
APA style library catalog search
Chicago style library catalog search
Some Tips and Getting Help
Keep in mind that the purpose of a bibliography is to enable your reader to find
the actual sources you used.
It's important to remember to note the databases that you use if you
are getting articles and books online. The citation is the same
but it includes the database name and access information. View the
Rohrbach Library citations LibGuide for a wealth of examples from our databases.
Web sites can be tricky - it's important to try to track down who is
responsible for the site and when it was last updated. Visit our
evaluating web sites guide for more information. An excellent source
for web citations is
ONLINE! Citation Styles
Many of the databases will generate formatted bibliography lists from
your search results - click
here (PDF) for an example of how to do it using EBSCOhost.
Your instructor is apt to be an excellent source of bibliography information.
- The reference librarians are experts on citations and bibliographies.
Don't hesitate to ask for help at the Research Desk in the Information Commons. During hours that the Research
Desk is staffed, visit or call 610-683-4165 for professional assistance.
At other times you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or consult live
with a librarian using our 24/7
Page updated 20 February 2013