Waggoner Library Research Guide to Citation and Documentation Styles. Click on topic to jump to related content.


Websites                                 Citation Builder Tools                         Help

RefWorks is an online citation/research management tool that helps you collect, organize, and share citations from library databases, websites, and other resources. It also helps you create a bibliography in a wide variety of citation styles such as APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, etc... Your references are stored online and are available from any computer with Internet access. RefWorks is free for Trevecca students, faculty, and staff.  Please call the Reference Desk for the group code if needed. That number is 615.248.1570.

To use RefWorks,  first you need to create your own account. Go to their login page and Sign Up for a New Account. If you need the group code, please call the Reference Desk [615.248.1570]

Once you are logged in you can begin your research in our databases where you can export citations directly into RefWorks.

It would be very helpful to learn more about RefWorks by viewing this short tutorial, Learn to Use RefWorks in 20 Minutes



Documentation Style Guides on the Web

These websites give you guidelines and examples for citing all kinds of resources in varying citation styles such as APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian. MLA and APA have both gone through significant revisions with the publications of new editions.  All sites listed below are utilizing the current revised editions unless otherwise noted.

Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online provides guidelines and annotated lists of print and online resources for documenting sources in a variety of different fields.  If you have the book The Writer's Reference, this is the online companion.

IUPUI University Writing Center provides guidelines for APA and MLA citation styles. Also includes writing tips and guidelines for papers.

OWL [Online Writing Lab] at Purdue provides information on citation styles and documentation as well as research tips, grammar and mechanics and teaching writing.

Long Island University's Schwartz Library has color coded citation guides for the major documentation styles.  Particularly strong is their APA guide. which references the new 6th edition published in 2010.  As of this time the MLA guide has not been updated to the reflect the new MLA 7th ed. published in 2009.

The Writing Center from University of Wisconsin Madison provides guides to the major styles but also has podcast introductions to APA and MLA styles.


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Free Web Citation Builders

These sites will take your references and create a bibliography for you.  You will need to choose the citation style.

Zotero is a Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.

EasyBib is free when you are using MLA.  There is a fee for APA and others.

BibMe  is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting.

NoodleBib Express - Just need one or two quick citations?

Son of Citation Machine - Provides an interactive tool to help create reference citations for research papers.

WriteCite is a bibliography formater.


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