Citing Sources

Citing your sources is an important part of researching with integrity. Here are some resources to help you manage and cite your references.

Consult your instructor about which style format to use. For help with improving your writing skills, see the Writing Center resources.


An online reference manager brought to you by the Library. 

Create your own personal database of references which are correctly formatted in any citation style you choose: APA, MLA, and hundreds more. Insert citations into your research papers and automatically create the bibliography.

Start by creating your personal RefWorks account with your own login and password.


Generate bibliographies and organize PDFs with this free, open source citation management tool. 

Visit to download Zotero and set up an account. Loyola Marymount University has created some great video tutorials on how to get started with the standalone version of Zotero on PC and how to integrate Zotero with your word processor. For getting started with Mac, view this tutorial.


Robust, multi-platform citation management software that allows you to sync across 3 different devices per license. 

EndNote is not freely available, but students, staff and faculty can purchase the discounted academic version. In addition to technical support, EndNote offers extensive training videos, guides and webinars. EndNote can also be downloaded for a free 30 day trial.

Purdue Owl

Our favorite style guide web site is the OWL from Purdue University. 

Start from their Research and Citation Resources main page, or go directly to their sections for citing in:

Check their left-hand menu to see all types of citation examples.

The Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is now available online, with state-of-the-art recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices in the digital age. It includes a citation quick guide; and for numerous specific examples, see chapters 14 and 15.

AMA Manual of Style

The AMA Manual of Style is a must-have guide for anyone involved in medical and scientific publishing.

More Online Style Guides

General Style Guides

APA Style (American Psychological Association) 

  • APA Style by Northern Michigan University, Lydia M. Olson Library 

Chigaco/Turabian Style 

ASA Style (American Sociological Association) 

Other Styles (ASA, CBE, etc.) 

Citing Government Information

Citing Electronic Sources: 

For MLA citations, check out these pages:

For citing essays in Opposing Viewpoints databases, see this guide.
For the APA style, try these pages: 


Style Books in the Library

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 

ASA style Guide  / American Sociological Association

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations  / Kate Turabian

Chicago Manual of Style Online