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Easily create APA, MLA, and Chicago style full and in-text citations in a snap.

The new citation generator is the fast and easy way to make citations for your essays, presentations, and documents.

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APA Citation

APA stands for American Psychological Association, and the APA format is most often used in Psychology, Education, Business, Engineering, and some sciences. In APA format, full citations are listed on a References page, rather than a Works Cited or Bibliography page.

MLA Format

MLA stands for Modern Language Association and is most often used to cite sources in the Humanities, like History, Language, Literature, and Philosophy. The MLA citation style was originally used for Literature and Language specifically, but it was quickly adopted by other disciplines under the Humanities umbrella. Full citations in MLA format are always listed on a Works Cited page....

Chicago Style Citation

Chicago style citations are often used in Fine Arts, Anthropology, select other sciences and humanities, as well as for manuscript publication and editing. Chicago style format uses a Bibliography page to list all of the full citations used within a body of work....

APA Format Example

Salinger, J. D.

Author

(1951).

Year

The Catcher in the Rye.

Title

Little, Brown and Company.

Publisher

MLA Format Example

Salinger, J. D.

Author

"The Catcher in the Rye."

Title

Little, Brown and Company.

Publisher

(1951).

Year

Chicago Style Example

Salinger, J. D.

Author

The Catcher in the Rye.

Title

Boston: Little, Brown and Company,

City of publication: Publisher

(1951).

Year

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Citing A Book

Citing a book comes with its own rules that set it apart from articles, magazines, journals, and websites. MLA book citations are also different from APA citations, which are different from Chicago citations. Creating a MLA, Chicago, or APA book citation is not difficult, but you do need to stick to the formula corresponding to the citation format.

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Citing A Website

Citing a website is very different from citing a book. It requires different information, since the medium is different. Sources found online have rules and practices specific to them, so knowing how to cite a website is a good skill to have. Like citing a book, citing a website in APA format isn’t the same as doing so in MLA or Chicago style citation formats.

FAQ

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You have the option of copying your entire list of full citations to your clipboard or exporting them to Word.

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The citation generator supports APA, MLA, and Chicago style formats for citing books and websites, but we are always working to add more variety to our tools. Which ones do you want us to add first? Let us know here in our feedback portal.

No. A citation can be either full or in-text and notates a source that the writer has used to support their argument or research. There are many styles of citations, but the most commonly used styles are APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles. A citation says, “Hey, I didn’t know this before I read/spoke to this person, so I’m noting where the idea or information came from originally.”

Without context, a reference functions the same as a citation. You refer to work done by other authors to support your own work. However, “References” can also refer to a specific page at the end of your work which lists all of the sources cited to support the work, IF you are working in APA style. In MLA and Chicago styles, this page would be called a Works Cited or Bibliography page, respectively.

No. A citation can be either full or in-text and notates a source that the writer has used to support their argument or research. There are many styles of citations, but the most commonly used styles are the APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles. A citation says, “Hey, I didn’t know this before I read/spoke to this person, so I’m noting where the idea or information came from originally.”

A bibliography, on the other hand, is a complete list of sources used within a work to support your claims, ideas, and arguments. A Bibliography page, when specifically titled this way, is used in the Chicago style of citation formats, rather than calling the list of full citations a Works Cited (APA) or a References (MLA) page. A single citation could never be mistaken for bibliography, which by definition, is a list of citations.

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