Cite (APA, MLA & Tools)

Compass Rose; the final answer to the library's treasure hunt gameWhenever you use another author’s ideas or words in your paper, you need to give credit to that author using an in-text citation and an accompanying bibliographic citation. Below are citation formatting tools and examples to help.

Citation Formatting Tools

OneSearch Cite Tool
  1. Find the article or book in OneSearch
  2. Click the title to access the detailed record
  3. Click the Cite button
  4. Copy & paste the citation into your bibliography.  Fix any errors.

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Zotero Tool

Save citations & PDFs while researching and insert them later into papers.  Zotero allows you to create a personal library of citations and PDF files. Most PDF files are automatically imported along with the citation.

  • Set-up required: Downloading Zotero and a word processor plugin, registering, and setting-up syncing.
  • Difficulty: Usually takes several days for experienced researchers to learn. Google Scholar Citation Tool is a more suitable tool for undergraduates or new researchers.
  • Styles: APA, MLA, and thousands of other styles. Easy to switch between styles.
  • Storage: Citation library is stored on your computer. You can sync between computers and store data online. Zotero provides 300 MB of online storage (~300 PDFs). If needed, additional space can be purchased for a small hosting fee.
  • Compatibility: Zotero is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. It can also be used as a standalone program on computers with Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux.  The word processor is compatible with: MS Word, NeoOffice, LibreOffice, and OpenOffice.
  • Citations are automatically formatted and need to be reviewed for accuracy.

Install Software

  • Go to the download page
  • Select “Zotero for Firefox”
  • Download the Zotero software (large, red button)
  • Download the plugin/extension (below the download button)
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  • After installing software and registering, set-up syncing to access your Zotero library from multiple computers and safeguard your research.
  • Click the “Zotero” button in your browser footer
  • Click the gray gear icon
  • Select “preferences”
  • On the “sync” tab, enter your Zotero username and password
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Google Scholar Tool

Copy & paste formatted citations into your bibliography.

  • Easy to learn and use (no accounts or downloads required)
  • Recommended for bachelors, masters, and some doctoral-level students
  • To use: 1) go to Google Scholar, 2) search by book/article title, 3) find item in search results, 4) click "cite" 5) copy & paste the APA, Chicago, or MLA citation into your bibliography, 6) review for accuracy

APA, MLA & Chicago Examples


The following examples demonstrate how to cite common sources according to the APA 6th edition style. For full details, consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition).


The APA-style is used in psychology, criminal justice, education, business, social work, maternal child health, health & wellness, and other social science disciplines.

Paper Format

APA paper template & video tutorials  available from the UI&U Writing Center.  Join the CampusWeb group and then select "Presentations and Tutorials" from the left sidebar.

In-Text Citations

Source Template
1 author (Last Name, Year)

e.g.(Smith, 2015)

2 authors (Last Name & Last Name, Year)
e.g. (Smith & Jones, 2004)
3-5 authors (Last N., Last N., & Last N., Year)
e.g. (Smith, Jones, & Wright, 2013)
2nd time in paper use et al. (Smith et al., 2013)
6+ authors (Last Name et al., Year)
e.g. (Mora et al., 1999)
Author's name
used in sentence
Sentence (Year).
e.g. According to Lee (2014), the dog jumped high
Quotation (Last Name, Year, p. #)
e.g. (Smith, 2015, p. #)
Organization as Author (Organization, Year)
e.g. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009)
Additional Examples


Bibliography Citations


Source Template
Articles Author, A. B. (Year). Title of article: Subtitle. Journal, volume(number), xx–xx. doi:0.1111/2222-3333.44.555 (include doi if available)

e.g. Oricho, D. O. (2010). Understanding benefits of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the work place mediation. Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution, 2(1), 11–19.

e.g. Keenan, K., Hipwell, A., Chung, T., Stepp, S., Stouthamer-Loeber, M., Loeber, R., & McTigue, K. (2010). The Pittsburg Girls Study: Overview and Initial Findings. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. 39(4), 506-521. doi:10.1080/15374416.2010.486320

e.g. George, B., Sims, P., McLean, A. N., & Mayer, D. (2007, January 1). Discovering your authentic leadership. Harvard Business Review, (85)2, 129-30.

Books Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book: Subtitle. City, State: Publisher. doi:0.1111/2222-3333.44.555 (include doi if available)

e.g. Stone, C. B., & Dahir, C. A. (2006). The transformed school counselor. Boston: Lahaska Press.

e.g. Northouse, P. (2010). Leadership: Theory and practice (5th ed.). Twin Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

e.g. Katz, S. E. (2003). Wild fermentation: The flavor, nutrition, and craft of live-culture foods [Kindle DX version]. Retrieved from

Book Chapter Chapter Author, A. B. (Year). Chapter title. In Book author, Book title (pp. xx–xx). City, State: Publisher.

e.g. Manzini, E. (2007). The scenario of a multi-local society: Creative communities, active networks, and enabling solutions. In J. Chapman & N. Grant (Eds.), Designers, visionaries and other stories: A collection of sustainable design essays (4th ed.) (pp. 76–95). London, United Kingdom: Earthscan.

Video Producer, A. A. (Producer). (year). Video title: Subtitle [Streaming video]. Retrieved from URL

e.g. Kastner, John (Producer). (2013). NCR: Not Criminally Responsible [Streaming video]. Retrieved from

Dissertation Author, A. A. (Date). Title of dissertation: Subtitle (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (AAT 1111111).

e.g. Curran, C. F. (2007). The experience of moving to different dimensions of consciousness (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. (AAT 3287726).

Federal Statutes (Laws) Name of law, title/volume number U.S.C. § Section(s) (U.S.C Edition Year).

e.g. Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601–2654 (2006). Retrieved from

e.g. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, 20 U.S.C. § 6319 (2002). Retrieved from{%22search%22%3A[%22%22%22no+child+left+behind%22%22%22]}&resultIndex=1

Government & UN Factsheets Author, A. A. (Date). Title of webpage. Retrieved from URL

e.g. World Health Organization. (2016). Infant and young child feeding [Fact sheet No. 342]. Retrieved from

e.g. U. S. Department of Agriculture. (2009). The special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children (WIC Program) [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from

Webpage Author, A. A. (Date). Title of webpage. Retrieved from URL

e.g. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. (n.d.) King quotes on war and peace. Retrieved from

Additional Examples

The following examples (taken with permission from The Chicago Manual of Style Online) demonstrate how to cite common sources according to the Chicago style (Notes and Bibliography format). For full details, consult The Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition).


The Chicago-style is used in history and the humanities.

In-Text Citations

Template: Sentence.17
Example: According to Thomas, the “second half of the nineteenth century witnessed a rapid expansion in the industry.”17

Footnote & Bibliography Citations

Articles Note Example: 17. Gueorgi Kossinets and Duncan J. Watts, "Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network," American Journal of Sociology 115 (2009): 411, 2010, doi:10.1086/599247.(include the DOI or digital object identifier if it is available)

Bibliography Example: Kossinets, Gueorgi, and Duncan J. Watts. "Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network." American Journal of Sociology 115 (2009): 405–50, doi:10.1086/599247.

E-Book Note Example: 17. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (Westminster, MD: Modern Library, 2010), ebrary edition.

Bibliography Example: Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Westminster, MD: Modern Library, 2010. Ebrary edition.

Book (print, 1 author) Note Example: 17. Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin, 2006), 99–100.

Bibliography Example: Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.

Book (print, 2-3 authors)

Note Example: 17. Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945 (New York: Knopf, 2007), 52.

Bibliography Example: Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945. New York: Knopf, 2007.

Book (print, 4+ authors) Note Example: 17. Dana Barnes et al., Plastics: Essays on American Corporate Ascendance in the 1960s (London: Routledge, 1982), 19.

Bibliography Example: Barnes, Dana, Moe Howard, Curly Howard, and Larry Fine, Plastics: Essays on American Corporate Ascendance in the 1960s. London: Routledge, 1982.

Book Chapter Note Example: 17. John D. Kelly, "Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War," in Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, ed. John D. Kelly et al. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), 77.

Bibliography Example: Kelly, John D. "Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax Americana, and the Moral Economy of War." In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, edited by John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, Sean T. Mitchell, and Jeremy Walton, 67–83. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Dissertation Note Example: 17. Mihwa Choi, "Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty" (PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2008).

Bibliography Example: Choi, Mihwa. "Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Dynasty." PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2008. ProQuest (AAT 3300426).

Webpage Note Example: 17 "Google Privacy Policy," last modified July 27, 2012,

Bibliography Example: Google. "Google Privacy Policy." Last modified July 27, 2012. the date accessed or last modified for the publication date)

Additional Examples

The following examples demonstrate how to cite common sources according to MLA style. For full details, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th Edition).

A Quick Guide to the 8th Edition

Style Changes between the 7th & 8th Editions


The MLA-style is used in the arts, history, literature,  and other humanities disciplines.

Paper Format

Please see these Sample Papers from the MLA

In-Text Citations

Author’s Name Used in Sentence 1-2 Authors 3+ Authors
Your sentence (Page #). (Last name Page #)
(Last name and Last name Page #)
 (Last Name et al. Page #)


Bibliography Citations

Parts of Every Citation

1) Author Dill, Jennifer

Locker, Kitty, and Stephen Kaczmarek

Goldberg, David R., et al.

2) Title of Source, i.e. article title or book title "Bicycling for Transportation and Health: The Role of Infrastructure."
 3) Title of Container, i.e. journal or anthology  Journal of Public Health Policy
 4) Other Contributors edited by Jonathan Chapman and Nick Gant

introduction by

illustrated by

narrated by

directed by

 5) Version  8th ed.
 6) Number, i.e. journal volume and number  vol. 30, no. 1
7) Publisher Routledge
Yale UP
8) Publication Date  2009
9) Location, such as page numbers  pp. 95-110.


Second Container

9) Location, such as database and DOI or link (DOI is preferred). JSTOR,



Article Template: Last Name, First. "Title of Article: Subtitle." Journal, vol. #, no. #, year, pp. xx-xx. Database, permalink.

Example: Dill, Jennifer. "Bicycling for Transportation and Health: The Role of Infrastructure." Journal of Public Health Policy, vol. 30, no. 1, 2009, pp. 95-110. JSTOR,

Book Template: Last Name, First Name. Title of Book: Subtitle. Publisher, Year.

Example: Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. e-book, Broadway Books, 2011.

Example: Stone, Carolyn, and Carol Dahir. The Transformed School Counselor. Lahaska Press, 2006.

Book Chapter Template: Chapter Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Chapter Title.” Book Title, edited by First Name Last Name, Publisher, Year, pp. xx-xx.

Example: Wood, John. “Relative Abundance.” Designers, Visionaries, and Other Stories: A Collection of Sustainable Design Essays. Edited by Jonathan Chapman and Nick Gant, Earthscan, 2007, pp. 96-117.

Videos Template: Last name, First, Director. "Video Title." Distributor, DD MMMM YEAR. Database, link.

Example: Sutherland, Janice, Director. "The Comedies with Joely Richardson: Shakespeare Uncovered." Public Broadcasting Service, 2013. Films On Demand,

Webpage Article Template: Last Name, First. "Title." Title of Website, DD Month Year updated, http://link.

Example: Herzog, Brian. "Coming Soon: Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library." Swiss Army Librarian, 19 August 2010,

Example: "WIC at a Glance." Food and Nutrition Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, 27 February 2015,

Additional Examples


Plagiarism Resources

Avoid the Pitfalls of Plagiarism!

Plagiarism is a common complication that many students face when writing their research papers, and is usually unintentional. Professors are aware those errors, and may even use plagiarism checking tools to make finding them a more simple process.

As you work through your research, it is important to take detailed notes that include creator/author and page numbers of any information that you obtain from any resource as you go along. This will make it much easier to add the citations as you write your paper!

Here we link to an excellent plagiarism website that describes the many ways that plagiarism may be avoided. We recommend reading through it to learn how to avoid the common pitfalls that may affect the integrity of your academic work. If you have any questions, please contact us!