When creating a scholarly paper, it is important to reference from where you drew your facts, ideas, and inspirations. There are many styles you might use - from APA to MLA (showing author & year) to Uniform Requirements (using a number only) to using a specific journal style. Properly using a reference requires knowledge about the citation style you need to use, so even though these tools do most of the heavy lifting - you still need to know a little about your style. For example, where, in your sentence, should the citation appear - is it at the end or somewhere in the middle of a sentence? Examples can help, and we have some for you, but if you have any questions, check out the Purdue Owl.
3 options for citing:
Which tool should I use?
There are lots of tools and several are highlighted on this guide. Below is an algorithm to help you figure out which tool is advised for your project.