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Modern Languages

Designed for modern language students, this guide takes you through the Library’s resources to improve your research.

Citation Style & Tools

 

Find resources for your professor’s preferred citation style and learn about the tools available to help make citing sources faster.

Note!

This is a standard citation guide for this subject, but please verify with your professor about their preferred citation style.

MLA Style Guide Available at ZL


Online Guides for MLA Style


Visit the sites listed below for excellent resources on general MLA formatting and specific types of citations.

Citation Tools

Zotero

Zotero is an extremely useful resource that helps with citation (and full-text article) collection and organization and bibliography/works cited creation.

Zotero

  • Easy, quick, open-source (Free) citation manager
  • Works with PC/Mac OS's and Firefox, Chrome, Safari browsers 
  • "Reads" citation data on a web page (icon which allows you to save a citation appears in line with address bar in browser)
  • Format citation in any of 8000+ styles available from Zotero
  • Find help: Getting Your Stuff into Zotero

WorldCat Research Station

WorldCat offers a fast citation for each item you locate in it, similar to what Google Scholar provides. Always double-check with appropriate citation requirements, however, as pieces of the complete citation are often missing.

WorldCat

  • Search for your resource (book, article, report, etc.)
  • Click on item title
  • Find "Cite/Export" link in upper right portion of record
  • Choose from several styles

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides quick citations for items you find in its database. Be sure to double-check what it provides, however. They are typically missing one or more pieces of the citation. 

Google Scholar

  • Easy, quick, no-download-necessary citation grabber
  • Search for your article by title
  • Use "Cite" link below publication information
  • Choose from several styles

 

Similar to what Google Scholar provides, WorldCat offers a fast citation for each item you locate in it. Always double-check with appropriate citation requirements, however, as pieces of the complete citation are often missing.

Citation tools

Other Citation Tools

Most Library databases have auto-cite features.

If you need help figuring out how to use them, stop by the Ask desk for assistance.

Plagairism

When citing, be sure you understand what plagiarism is and isn't.

If you still have questions contact the Writing Center or practice avoiding plagiarism.

Remember, it is better to cite a source than risk plagiarism!