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Literature Resources: Citation Help

Literature Resources at Union College Libraries

Citing Sources

Why do I cite?

Citing sources maintain academic standards and establish your credibility as it proves that you have done your research by looking at existing information and is contributing to the scholarly discourse with well-supported arguments. It gives credit to the original authors original and help readers to better understand the ideas you included in your paper.  

Citing your sources consistently and accurately helps you avoid committing plagiarism in your writing. Cite according to the citation style recommended by your instructor or the style that is common to your field of study or subject.  MLA is the citation style for literature and the MLA Handbook (9th edition) provides guidelines for citing sources and in-text citations. See citation LibGuide below:

Citation and Style Guides: Style Guides, Help Sheets, Formatting Papers

MLA Citation Guides

MLA Style Center 

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue Owl)

MLA 9th Edition Major Changes -- from Purdue OWL (Purdue University, Online Writing Lab)

MLA 9th Edition Sample Paper --Student paper template (from Surry Community College Library)

MLA 9th Edition Citation Pamphlet

-- from Union College of Union County, NJ Libraries

Citation Generators/Builders

Citation generators help you to format your citations; both for in-text citations and your works cited page. The Union College Libraries presently offers Noodle Tools to help you build your citations. We are exploring two new options in citation generators: Zotero and TypeCite.

Both tools can generate in-text citations for you.  Zotero guides you through the citation process, by having you input all of the source information, whereas TypeCite allows you to choose citations from their database by entering the title, author, ISBN/ISSN, web address, and even keywords.  If a source is not in their database, the tool will give you the option to cite manually.

Noodle Tools guides you through the process of creating citations. Register for your free personal account and start building correct citations according to APA, Chicago, and MLA styles.

Noodle Tools can create citations for any type of source and can also generate in-text citations.

Use NoodleTools Express to create a single citation.

Noodle Tools Help Desk answers frequently asked questions or more specific questions.

Noodle Tools Companion is a free app available for Apple and Android devices.  

NoodleTools: Watch 60 Second Videos on Building a Citation and More!

UC LibGuides at Union College