Citation Help

Note for the 2016-2017 school year: MLA format was recently updated to better reflect how we access resources today. NoodleTools, the Purdue OWL, and EasyBib have all updated their guidelines and tools to match the new MLA 8 format, the Gale databases are now showing an MLA 8 citation when you use their tools to cite. The Cite It Guide and tutorial videos provided on this page have been updated this year as well. 

Wondering what's new in MLA 8? Check out the MLA Style Center, EasyBib, or the Purdue OWL for an overview of how the new citation system works.



Citing your sources is one aspect of using information ethically. When you cite a source, you give credit to the people on whose work you are building and you make it possible to trace ideas to their sources. You also add credibility to your own work by demonstrating that you did your research, based your conclusions on reliable information, and engaged in the traditions of academic research. 

It's not cheating to use citation generators like NoodleTools or EasyBib, or to copy and paste citations for article from the databases into your Works Cited page! These are all tools that you can use to help you build your Works Cited page.


Citing with NoodleTools

UHS subscribes to NoodleTools, a citation manager with a variety of tools to help you create correctly formatted citations, organize your notes as you research, and build your outline and paper from those notes. NoodleTools includes help for MLA, Chicago, and APA styles and provides tips to help you determine the type of source you are using to ensure your citations are formatted correctly.
  • To set up your account, you will need UHS's username and password; Ms. Charpentier or your teacher can give you this subscription information.
  • The NoodleTools YouTube channel has tutorials for many of its functions and an overview of recent changes to their interface.

Cite It Guides 

Handouts you can print or save that give examples of formatting for some very commonly cited types of sources - books, eBooks, articles from collections of essays, articles from databases, and webpages.
Need a visual to help you find all that information in your source? Check out the quick videos in this playlist, showing you where to look in your source for all the information you need.


Other Helpful Websites and Apps
  • Purdue's Online Writing Lab's guides include examples and citations for a wide range of types of sources, even newer online forms of communication, like blogs, wikis, and tweets, for MLA, Chicago, and APA formats.
  • If the source you want to cite is from a database, look around the page for citation information. Most databases either provide the citation or have a built-in citation generator. 
  • The Chicago Manual of Style Online’s Quick Guide gives the basics of citation formatting in Chicago. 
  • MLA, APA, and Chicago are very commonly used, but there are other citation styles depending on the discipline. The Purdue OWL has a Complete Discipline Listing of links to style guides for additional citation styles.





Questions? Need help? Talk to Ms. Charpentier in the library between 7:15 am and 2:45, or send her an email at echarpentier@uxbridge.k12.ma.us.

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