How to Properly Cite Sources

There are a number of citation styles you may need to use to properly reference your sources, although at Kettering we primarily use APA or MLA. Correctly citing your source gives authors the credit they are due and improperly citing your sources is one of the easiest ways to lose points on your class projects or get an article rejected for publication. 

Web Tools for Auto-generating Sources

Son of Citation Machine

KnightCite from Calvin College
Online Writing Lab at Purdue

The library has a number of style guides both in Reference and for you to check out:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c2010
Call number: PN 147 .A5 (available at the Reference Desk, Reference Section, and for checkout)

APA Style Guide to Electronic References
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c2007
Call number: PN 171 .A63 2007 (available at the Reference Desk)

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi
New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009
Call number: LB 2369 .G53 (available at the Reference Desk, Reference Section, and for checkout)

Cite Right: a Quick Guide to Citation Styles--MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More / Charles Lipson
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c2006
Call number: PN 171 .F56 L55 2006 (available at the Reference Desk and in the Reference Section)

Watch for citation help when you are in our databases:

When you find articles or books in some of our databases, including InfoTrac, OCLC FirstSearch, and ProQuest Global, you are given citations for the items in various formats.