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Citations FAQ

Have a question about how to cite something? Browse or search here for examples of citations in the major formats: APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian.

Note: This is not an automatic citation generator. 

Citing Generative AI

Generative AI, such as ChatGPT, should be cited in your work, just like any other source. Each style guide has it's own guidelines for citing AI. Click on the FAQ below for examples on how to cite AI in each format.

Citation Generators

They can save you time, but check with your professor to make sure it’s okay to use them. They’re not always up to date.

MLA Citation Style

The MLA style is used mainly in English and other humanities disciplines.

APA Citation Style

The APA style is used primarily in the social sciences and education fields. These sites also have sample research papers to demonstrate each style:

Chicago/Turabian Citation Style

AMA Citation Style

The American Medical Association (AMA) style guide is used by medical professionals and researchers. 

Why We Cite

Created by FCC librarians, the Why We Cite Tutorial is an interactive workshop that will show you:

  • Why citing sources is important
  • What citations generally look like and the information they contain
  • What contexts in which you will need to cite

What Does It Mean to Cite Sources?

Bibliography page 

Citing sources shows respect for readers, originators of sources, and academic honesty policies. When creating citations, you will use both:

  • In-text citations (located within the body of your paper)
  • bibliographies (reference lists that appear at the end of your paper)

Citations guide readers to the sources from which you summarized, quoted, and paraphrased in your paper.

Citing Sources in the EBSCO Databases

Learn about a tool in the Library's EBSCO databases that will help you to cite your sources.

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