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Citation Styles

APA (American Psychological Association)

Where to Start

Other Resources

MLA (Modern Language Association)

Where to Start

Other Resources

Chicago Manual of Style

Where to Start

Other Resources

Turabian

Where to Start

Other Resources

AMA (American Medical Association) Manual of Style

AP (Associated Press)

How to Avoid Plagiarism

  • Always cite everything that is not your own idea, even if you came up with that idea on your own before you found it in sources.
  • If you paraphrase an author by restating his or her ideas in your own words, you must cite the source
  • When quoting an author directly, use quotation marks to separate the author's words from your own, and follow the quotation with a citation.
  • Use quotation marks when repeating more than three consecutive words from the source.
  • If you are unsure whether to cite, ask someone.

Tools

Get Help

There are three ways to get help from a University Learning Center writing tutor:

Writing Services at the University Learning Center is located on the first floor of DePaolo Hall (DE 1003). You can contact them at 910-962-7857 or ulc [at] uncw.edu.

EndNote Basic

EndNote Basic is a free online tool that helps you collect references, organize your references, insert and cite references automatically while writing your paper, and automatically generate a formatted bibliography.

Collect, Organize and Format in Endote

 

Zotero

"Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources."

Collect, Organize, Cite, Sync, and Collaborate Image

Citation Builder (NCSU)

Citation Builder creates citations for you in APA, MLA, and Chicago CBE/CSE formats. Try it out!
Note: Consult the appropriate style manual to verify the output of your citations.

KnightCite

KnightCite is a online citation generator. Choose your citation style (MLA, APA or Chicago) and type of resource (book, article, chapter etc), enter in the item details and click submit. You'll get a formatted citation!
Note: Consult the appropriate style manual to verify the output of your citations.