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Writing 100 Library Guide: Writing & Citing

This guide supports the Writing 100 course with information on use of library search tools and resources, as well as providing guidance for MLA and APA formatting.

MLA Citation Guide


Tutorials on Doing Research, Including MLA Style - Arizona State University

MLA 8th Style Guides Online

MLA 8th Edition Sample Paper

Sample paper by Purdue OWL

Creating Computer Generated Citations:

Formatting Book Citations:

Use Library OneSearch to identify the book you want to cite.  Click on the blue icon to the right of the book reference and then choose Cite in the right column.  Note that computer generated citations are not always perfect.  Have a formatting guide (as above) available to check on accuracy of the formatting.

Formatting Article Citations:

  • In any EBSCO database, if you click on an article title in your result list, there should be a Cite link on the right.  If there is no Cite link, click on the Save link and choose the citation style you want from the dropdown box on the right.
  • While not always reliable, you can look up your article title (use quotation marks around it) in Google Scholar, then click on the Cite link below the article entry (it's a quotation marks symbol).
  • A useful tool for creating citations is Citation Machine. You can look up your source and generate a citation in the format of your choice.  Once again, it may not be entirely reliable.  You can also fill in information manually and generate a citation.



If you are using EndNote to manage your references, see our EndNote Guide.  See the Downloads tab for information on downloading to EndNote from various databases.

APA 7th Edition Citation Guide

How to Format your paper in APA 7th edition style:

7th edition tutorials

If you want a deeper look at APA 7th citation creation and use, the following tutorials are great:

Sample APA 7th Edition Research Papers


[6th edition: This edition is phased out in favor of the 7th edition, above]



 Avoiding Plagiarism (video presentation)

Here's a link to a brief Prezi presentation:

And a link to a more detailed slide presentation:

Ten Types of Plagiarism:

Download a handy one-page PDF summary of the infographic above from: