Cite your sources!
Uni students are often asked to complete papers and projects that require using and citing resources created by others. Creating a bibliography (a list of all your sources) can be tricky, but these links should help you make your bibliographic citations conform to the standards that your instructor has requested.
Uni subscribes to a tool called Noodlebib. By walking you through a step-by-step data entry process for each of your sources, Noodlebib takes a lot of the guesswork out of MLA and APA citations. You end up with detailed, accurate bibliographic entries, and the site allows you to put in notes about content, too (to make what's called an “annotated bibliography”). When you log in for the first time, you get to choose your own username and password that can be used to access your bibliography for up to six months. You can edit your bibliography, e-mail it to yourself, open it in Microsoft Word, or share it with a teacher or a classmate. Note: If you want to access this site from outside the school, you will need to see the Uni library staff for a username and password.
If you need quick help with just one or two citations, or you want to compose a bibliography without staring at a computer, check out these guides:
- MLA format for paper/traditional materials (Uni High version)
- MLA format for electronic/online materials (Uni High version)
- APA format for paper/traditional materials (Uni High version)
- APA format for electronic/online materials (Uni High version)
Miscellaneous other citation resources:
It's just possible that you will be asked to cite something that's not covered by Noodlebib or one of our own citation guides. If so, you might want to check out the following resources. These guides all cover MLA and APA formats -- if you need something else (like the style of the American Medical Association, or the Chicago Manual of Style), please talk to a library staffperson.
- MLA & APA (U of I Writer's Workshop version)
- The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison
- Purdue Online Writing Lab
- Easybib.com: Here, you want to choose “MyBib.” Like Noodletools (above), this site helps you create bibliographies in either MLA or APA format. It doesn't require a username or password, which is nice, but it doesn't cover as many different formats or provide as many other services as Noodletools. You can export your bibliography to Word, print it, save it for later, or email it to yourself.