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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Son of a...Citation Machine!

Did your professor make you buy the MLA Handbook for citations this semester? This can be a great resource for obscure sources, but if you just need to know how to cite a book or article, why not save yourself some money and use the Son of a Citation Machine?
Instead of flipping through page after unending page of citations, use this website! It has accurate citation information for MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago styles of citing references. The website will give you information on the in-text citation as well as the bibliographic (or works cited) citation. 

Here's how it works:

2. On the left side, click the type of citation you need: MLA, APA, Turabian, or Chicago. For an example, I'll use MLA.
3. Click the type of reference you need a citation for: books or other print materials, websites or online references, multimedia, etc. I clicked on "Book" because it is the simplest kind of reference.
4. Now all you need to do is put in all the information: author name, book title, publication location and date, publisher, and medium (i.e. ebook, print, web).
5. After you've entered all relevant information, click "Make Citation."
6. The Son of a Citation Machine will bring up your bibliographic and in-text citations. All you need to do is copy both citations and paste them into your document. It's as simple as that!

Easy to use, free, and accurate! 

Although it is accurate, if you are really unsure about how to cite an obscure resource, use the book or check multiple websites to make sure the citation is correct. Most professors I've ever hard are sticklers for correct citations. Plus, you want to avoid plagiarism at all costs.

With that being said, this is a great resource for college students!

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