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Why Should I Cite?
- To give credit to the author's work (avoid plagiarism)
- To help other researchers find your sources
- To help support your ideas
- To add to the body of knowledge in your subject
- To show that you know your subject in-depth
- To adhere to the university's academic integrity and honesty policy
- To hopefully get cited yourself one day
How to Find a DOI Number
A Digital Object Identifier is a unique number assigned to an article (not books at this time). Not all articles have DOIs. To get DOIs, a publisher has to choose to be a member of one of the DOI registration agencies, a process that requires a membership fee, and not all publishers choose to do this.
If an article has a DOI, it will usually be found on the first page of the article, in the citation, or on the publisher's page for the article. You can use the CrossRef Simple Text Query Form form to see if an article has a DOI (email registration required).
Always check with your professor first before turning in a paper with your references or works cited after using a generator or other source from this site if you are not sure. They will be the ones grading it, so make sure you are using the style properly.
Similar to Citation Machine, but you search for your source using their search engine, then they give you the MLA citation for free.
Basic and simple citation generator that requires you to put in the resource information in order to get the citation. MLA, APA, and Chicago are available.
RefMe (Now called Citethisforme)
Free citation generator and management system (requires registration). More services are available through a paid subscription. Free accounts can save a bibliography/references for 7 days without requiring payment.
UNC Citation Builder
Build your citation by choosing your source and then your format. Developed at UNC Libraries.
Research O Matic (Free Citation Generator)
Create citations quickly by filling in a form with the information from the resource. Offers APA, MLA, Chicago-Turabian, and more.