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HIST 3190: The American Indian in History: Citing Resources

Guide to library resources--books, journals, newspapers, websites, government information--for the History 3190 class.

General Citation Generators

Use a citation generator when you need to create a bibliography. These user-friendly, easy-to-use tools create individual citations that must copied and pasted into a Word document. Be sure to proofread your citations for accuracy, completeness, and correct formatting. Although citation generators can be quite reliable, they are not error proof.

KnightCite Citation Maker (Heckman Library, Calvin College) Supports MLA, APA, and Chicago styles for a wide variety of print and electronic resources.

NoodleBib Express This free version of NoobleBib supports APA, MLA, and Chicago styles. It will prompt you with a series of questions to help you generate the appropriate citation.

Government Documents Citation Guides

Government Documents can be difficult to cite. The citation elements vary slightly from those elements generally cited. It is often useful to consult a style guide that is specific for government documents. I recommend the Uncle Sam Brief Guide because it includes a general explanation of government citation and it includes numerous examples.

Uncle Sam- Brief Guide to Citing Government Publications University of Memphis
This guide provides examples of the most common examples of government document citations. These examples are based on the Chicago/Turabian standard bibliographic style. This site has easy to follow explanations and plenty of examples.

BASIC CITATION  (from Uncle Sam Brief Guide)

Government publications are written by federal bureaucrats and printed, not published, by the Government Printing Office. Very often these publications will not follow a standard title page arrangement and some publishing elements will be eliminated. However, use the following citation example to find as many elements as possible and arrange them as shown.

Author (Agency). Title, edition, statement. Place of publication: Publisher, Date. (Series elements). (Notes). [ If including Superintendent of Documents number, enter in Notes ]

Turabian Quick Guide
Presents information about A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian. You can buy a copy of the manual from this site, but it's chief benefit is the Quick Guide freely accessible on this web page.

The University Library has several copies of the Turabian Manual which you will likely need to consult for detailed citation instructions. The newest edition is the 7th edition published in 2007 is at the Main Reference Desk ( ref LB2369 .T8 2007 ). Older editions are available in the stacks and can be checked out.

DocsCite Arizona State U. Libraries
DocsCite is a step-by-step guide to putting government publication citations into proper style format. The site formats the citation elements as you fill in the citation elements. Caution: only MLA and APA Styles are available at this citation generator.