• We are happy to be able to share resources our colleagues in our witing center neworks have developed. If you cannot find a specific resource, please write to us at wrc@du.edu. We are happy to work with you to find what you need. 

  • Learning a Citation Style

  • Citation styles like APA, MLA, and Turabian can be learned! Seek out models and resources, pay attention to the small details, and practice consistency. 

    Doing a Citation Translation Exercise is a great exercise for helping yourself to notice all the small details in citations. 

  • Editing for Consistency

  • You can handle any citation style by developing better habits for editing.

    * Learn how to Use Command Editing for Consistency 

    * Start keeping an Editing Log  to track feedback you get on your writing and use it to edit new papers. 

    * Use the DU Library's guides on RefWorks to manage all your citations and your research better. 

  • Using Citation Generators

  • A citation generator is an online tool that allows you to plug in information about a source and then provides a draft of a citation for you to revise.

    For example, Citation Machine helps you to build citations. Here's how to use it:

    * Gather all the information you can about your source. 

    * Go to http://www.citationmachine.net/

    * Choose a citation style. APA, MLA, and Chicago show up at the top, but you can also search for Turabian. 

    * Citation Machine will walk you through a series of steps, asking you to enter some information and choose the correct version of your source. Remember that many articles and books exist in multiple formats, so you want to make sure you are choosing the correct edition, medium, and publication date. 

    * Finally, Citation Machine will generate a citation that you can copy. 

    * Be warned: citation generators often give you a mostly correct citation, but they often get some things wrong: capitalization, name format, punctuation, and italics are sometimes wrong, so you still need to edit your source. Use one of our handouts to compare your draft citation against a model. 


  • Chicago 16th Edition

    When using Chicago style, be sure to confirm which of the two varieties you should be using: author-date or notes-bibliography.

    We also offer condensed handouts for both varieties that you can download:

This portfolio last updated: 07-Apr-2020 10:41 AM