Writing Tools

Writing Tools

Use these online resources to get help in preparing your research papers, citations, and bibliographies.

Citation & Bibliography Managers

These tools will help you collect, organize and format all of your citations and integrate them with your research paper.

  • Zotero A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.
  • EasyBib This is a free service for creating citations and bibliographies in the MLA format. Paid registration will include APA and Chicago format
  • BibMe This is a free bibliography creator and citation guide for MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian

Citation Generators

Use these to create correctly formatted single citations. The citation managers listed above will do this as well.

  • Cite Fast This will help cite articles, books, webpages, media
  • OttoBib Use this for citing books, search by ISBN
  • Citation Wizard This will create CSE citations for electronic resources

Guides to Writing & Research

Here are some sites with a lot of information on writing and doing library research.

  • OWL Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
  • Wrtier's Handbook The Writing Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Elements of Style The online version of the classic writing guide by William Strunk, Jr.

Style Guides

Each professor will have different requirements for how you cite your sources. Here are some links to the most commonly used formats at Pacific Union College.

APA Style: Psychology, education, and other social sciences

MLA Style: Literature, arts, and humanities

Chicago Style: General use, including history and business

CSE Style (Council of Science Editors): Biology and other sciences

All Styles

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