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Citation: Best Ways to Cite

Overview of how to cite sources and avoid plagerism

Welcome to Schewe Library's citation help guide!  Use the information on this page to help cite materials in the MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

We've also included some tools below to help you generate citations.  These tools will usually give you more-or-less correct citations, but to be on the safe side, you should always check your citations against the official handbooks or guides.

Citation Builders

Service MLA 8th APA 7th Chicago 17th Cites Websites? Ads?
BibGuru No
MyBib No
Google Scholar x No
Cite This For Me Yes
Citation Machine Yes
BibMe Yes
EasyBib x (not free) x (not free) Yes

Schewe Library's Citation Guides & Official Handbooks + Manuals

Click on an image below to view Schewe Library's citation guides for the following styles.

Library MLA Citation Quick GuideLibrary APA Citation Quick GuideLibrary Chicago Citation Quick Guide

Click on an image below to find the official handbooks and manuals for the following styles:

                                

When do I need to cite?

You must cite:

♦ Someone else’s idea(s)
♦ Someone else’s work
♦ Someone else’s words
♦ Direct quotations

When don't I need to cite?

You don't need to cite:

♦ Undisputed facts or matters of public record
♦ Common knowledge in your discipline
♦ Your own ideas, experiences, or thoughts

Get More Citation Help

There are many places on the Illinois College campus where you can get one-on-one help with citations:

Visit the library reference desk, or email a librarian, stop by the Center for Academic Excellence, or make an appointment at the Campus Writing Center.

Have subject specific questions?

If you have questions, you can contact us at:


Luke Beatty
- Library Director
luke.beatty@ic.edu

217.245.3573


Garrett Traylor
- Reference & Cataloging Librarian
garrett.traylor@ic.edu
217.245.3022


Elora Agsten - Instructional Librarian
elora.agsten@ic.edu
217.245.3177


For general inquiries:
schewe@ic.edu
217-245-3020
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