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Further Citation Help

Looking for more in-depth guidance with citations?  Check out Calvin's Rhetoric Across the Curriculum: Writing with Integrity website, which includes very useful advice, from an explanation of why citation matters to examples of how to correctly document sources using the major citation styles.

What Style Should You Use?

Your professor will usually specify the citation style required for your paper or project. Always check with him or her about any specific questions regarding expectations and requirements. Some general guidelines, though:

MLA style - typically used in the Humanities (e.g., English)

APA style - used for Social Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology)

Chicago style - used in History; also, a version of Chicago style, Turabian, is often used in Calvin Religion and Seminary courses

The Rhetoric Across the Curriculum website offers electronic links to sample citations in all these styles.

Citation Help in the Research Databases

Most databases (especially our major vendors: Gale, ProQuest, and EBSCOhost) provide a citation link that will automatically generate citations in most major styles. Look for a "Citation" or "Cite This" link in the database record. 

MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles

MLA, APA, and Chicago styles are the three most common documentation styles required by Calvin professors. The rules and guidance for these styles are provided the manuals listed below. They can be found in print in the library's Reference Collection and also at the Research Assistance Desk.

Note that a number of online tools and resources may offer citation help, but they are not always correct nor cover every situation. The style manuals are considered the authorities for citation and formatting rules.

Citation Generators

Citation generators are online tools that create your citations for you (you just need to enter the information):

  Use KnightCite, Calvin's own citation generator (works with MLA, APA, and Chicago styles).

Or try:

  • NoodleTools Express - MLA, APA, Chicago
  • EasyBib - APA, Chicago, but only free for MLA
  • Microsoft Word citation generator (under the References tab)

Subject Guide

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More Resources

Still have questions?  These resources provide extensive examples and help with documenting sources: