Many databases, such as Gale Virtual Reference Library and UW Libraries Search, offer a tool that will automatically generate citations in MLA/APA style you can copy/paste into your Works Cited sheet.
You can also plug the title or author of most articles/books into Google Scholar (http://scholar.google.com) and get the citation:
If you use a citation generator, do remember to check the citations for errors using one of the resources in the box below.
Automatic citation generators are great, but not perfect. Be sure to check your citations before submitting them by using one of the resources below!
The following are some good guidelines for recognizing what type of source (scholarly, popular, political, etc.) you are reading and for evaluating its relevance and usefulness to your topic and your research process in general. Rather than used as a checklist, these seven points are considerations to make and questions to ask when evaluating a source or piece of information.
1. Authorship - who is the creator?
2. Currency - when was this information first made available?
3. Publishing Format - in what form is this information accessed?
4. Point of View or Bias - what background and opinions inform the author's arguments?
5. References to Other Sources - who does the author cite to support their arguments?
6. Relevance to Topic and Assignment
7. Organization and Appearance - what do the visual cues of the source tell you?
*For more information about bias specific to news/media, the following is a useful resource: How to Detect Bias in the News from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
Additional citation generators available on the web, a selection of which are linked to below. Make sure to check the citations generated by websites or databases for accuracy before turning in your paper!