CITATION TOOLS

How to Cite Sources in APA and MLA Styles


Citation Tools

APA and MLA Manuals for Citing All Resources

Both the American Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) style manuals are on reserve at the library's circulation desk. Each provides numerous guidelines and examples of citations for a wide variety of resources (print, electronic, audio, etc.) In addition, a copy of the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th edition, which updates the APA Publication Manual with more e-reference examples, is also available on reserve (as well as available electronically). These manuals may be checked out for use in the library only.

Online Tools to Build Citations for All Resources

Note: Accuracy of citations created using the following online citation building tools may vary; always compare these tool-created citations with the print manuals for both the MLA and APA styles.

  • NCSU Libraries Citation Builder
    This citation building tool from the libraries at North Carolina State University allows you to choose among several formats of resources (book, scholarly journal article, web site, etc.), type in the appropriate information, and create a citation formatted in APA, MLA and other styles.
  • EasyBib
    This citation building tool allows you to choose among a wide variety of formats of resources (electronic, print, sound, image, etc.), type in the appropriate information, and create a citation (and if desired, an annotation) displayed in MLA format only.
  • Son of Citation Machine
    Like NCSU's Citation Builder, this citation building tool allows you to choose among several formats of resources, both print and nonprint, then type in the appropriate information, and create a citation formatted in APA, MLA and Chicago styles.

Other Online Citation Help

For more detailed information on variations according to types of publications, number of authors, etc., see both the APA and MLA manuals, or visit the following web sites:

MLA Style

APA Style

Both MLA and APA Styles

Last updated February 1, 2013