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Online Reference: Citation Guides

This guide contains a selected list of web-based reference resources. Use the library's catalog and the subject specific Research by Subject guides to locate additional encyclopedia sets, dictionaries, thesauri, and general reference resources.

Citation Styles

Different academic disciplines use different citation styles, so the style that you use should be selected based on the subject of your paper and your professor's requirements for the assignment.  The most common citation styles include:

APA Citation Guide 
APA (American Psychological Association) is commonly used in
the social sciences.

MLA Citation Guide
MLA (Modern Language Association) is commonly used in the

Chicago Citation Guide
Chicago is used in history and various other disciplines.

Citation Managers and Generators

Below, you will find a list of tools that will help you to format your in-text citations, notes, and bibliography and some that even allow you to store, manage, and share your research resources.

Our subscription to RefWorks will end on June 30, 2024.
Please use Zotero instead!

Bucknell supported software, web-based, and free to students,
faculty, and staff. RefWorks can capture citations from the
Library Catalog, subject databases, Google Scholar, and web
sites, and format them for your bibliography or reference list.
It can also store research documents, and interfaces with
Microsoft Word.

Zotero software is free to download from the web, and runs on
your computer with a connection to most web browsers. Zotero
allows you to organize and share citations and reference lists,
and store research documents.

Remember that software and online tools are fallible. The citations created using these programs are only as good as the information they contain.  Be sure to check your citations carefully.