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Studies in Literary Perspectives: Citing Your Work

Citation Tools

Citation management tools keep track of your research and generate citations. Even so, always double check your work - citation generator tools often lead to errors! 

  • NoodleTools: Supports MLA, APA, Chicago. Allows you to create notecards, outline, and syncs with GoogleDocs. *First time users: please register and create personal login. 
  • KnightCite: Good for generating unusual citations like art, advertisements, cartoons, multimedia. Supports MLA, APA, Chicago. 

MLA Citation Guide (8th Edition): This guide shows you how to cite using MLA 8th edition.


The OWL at Purdue: The OWL is an excellent site for in-text and end-of-paper citation examples. Also offers writing advice, with detailed ESL sections for students. Citation shortcuts:

Citation Basics

You don't need to cite: 

  • Common knowledge (stuff that's widely accepted as truth)
  • Your own opinions/ideas ("It's a mistake to overlook Florida's shrinking coastline because...")


Safe Practices:

  • Don't wait until the last minute (accidental plagiarism often occurs when you feel rushed).
  • When taking notes, clearly indicate your own ideas. 
  • Use quotation marks around key phrases. 
  • Write down the name of the person who came up with an original idea if you expand upon it.