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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:


Citations From the Library Catalog & Databases

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

Have subject specific questions?

If you have questions, you can contact us at:

Luke Beatty
- Library Director


Garrett Traylor
- Reference & Cataloging Librarian

Elora Agsten - Instructional Librarian

For general inquiries:
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