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Transfer Students Welcome Guide: Citing Your Sources

MLA Citations

Citing the sources you use in your writing is absolutely essential in academic writing.  It is a tedious but necessary process. 

Fortunately, there are a number of sources that automate the creation of properly-formatted citations.  Below, you will see four examples of these very helpful resources.


Knight Cite is a free citation generator provided by Calvin University's Heckman Library.  Using the information you have about your source(s), you can do the following: 

  • Create citations in MLA, APA, & Chicago styles
  • Create citations for 28 types of print & online sources
  • Create an account to:
    • save & edit citations for later
    • alphabetize citations in a paper

EBSCO Database Citation Tool

EBSCO databases, along with many others, include a citation tool.  

QuickSearch Citation Generator

When you perform searches in , each item in your results list will include a link to propertly-formatted citations
Click on the quote marks to retrieve them.

MLA Citations

Examples of MLA In-Text Citations (Author-Page Format) Adapted from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL):

Romantic poetry is characterized by the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (Wordsworth 263). Author and Page. Note that no comma is used in MLA between the author and the page number.

Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (263). Page only because author was already mentioned in the sentence.

Wordsworth extensively explored the role of emotion in the creative process (263). Page only because author was already mentioned in the sentence. Note that an in-text citation has to be used even though this is a paraphrase and not an exact quote.

Your Works Cited entry for all these in-text citations would look like this:

Works Cited

Wordsworth, William. Lyrical Ballads. Oxford University Press, 1967.   

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