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Citing and Documenting Sources: Start Here

Adapted from the UCLA Library and used with permission.


Get access to all of EasyBib's features, including all 7,000 citation styles through the MCLA Library.

Use EasyBib to generate citations, create a works cited page, and even analyze your citations for credibility and diversity. Find out more by watching our EasyBib Tutorial. Get even more out of EasyBib with the iPhone and Android apps and the Chrome extension.


Welcome to the LibGuide on citing and documenting resources. In this guide you will learn:

We encourage you to make use of the Writing Associates at the Center for Student Success and Engagement to help you with specific writing questions.

The library has a trial subscription to the citation tool EasyBib for a year. Give it a try and see what you think. Take a look at our EasyBib tutorial to learn more about how to use this tool.

Below are some options for citation tools you may want to try. Remember that these tools can often make mistakes and you should check your citations thoroughly before handing in your paper.

In addition you will find citation links in many of the library's databases. The Perdue OWL site is also a great place to find citation examples and rules.

Guide content adapted from Created by the UCLA Library and used with permission.



Important Note on the Use of URLs in MLA

MLA no longer requires the use of URLs in MLA citations. Because Web addresses are not static (i.e., they change often) and because documents sometimes appear in multiple places on the Web (e.g., on multiple databases), MLA explains that most readers can find electronic sources via title or author searches in Internet Search Engines.

Check with your instructor to see if they wish to require the use of URLs, MLA suggests that the URL appear in angle brackets after the date of access. Break URLs only after slashes.

Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive. Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹›.

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