When the time comes to write a paper, one of the biggest pains can be citing your sources. You’ve spent hours and hours slaving away over your computer, perfectly crafting every word. You’re cruising for an easy A, and then you have to go and spend even more time citing all those sources. It’s just not an enjoyable experience.
While not fun, it’s an important part of writing a good paper. First, you need to make sure you are backing up what you are stating with proper facts. Second, your professors need to make sure you aren’t plagiarizing, and backing up your claims with sources can go a long way towards making this happen.
Thankfully, the Internet makes this arduous part of the paper writing process a little easier. The following are some of the best websites that streamline it a great deal. Of course, you are still going to have to do a little work, but these websites will help you learn how to cite sources in the quickest way possible.
This is one of the biggest websites for citing sources. It’s been around for what feels like forever, and it has refined its tools to a level that allows the end user to go through it quickly and easily.
EasyBib supports citations in MLA with a free account. If you want to use APA or Chicago formatting, you will need to sign up for a premium account.
Using the site is as simple as searching for the source. It will automatically pull in all the information you need to form a proper works cited for it, which saves you time scanning through the inside covers of books and all of that. The ultimate goal here is making the process as quick as possible, and EasyBib delivers that in a big way.
The core of the site is available for free, but there are some additional features such as evaluating a source that are only available with a premium subscription.
Not a fan of EasyBib, but want a site that performs a very similar function? BibMe is another fantastic option. It does not have as many features as EasyBib, but because some of the more advanced features of EasyBib require a subscription, it actually serves the purpose of creating a bibliography perfectly.
All you need to do is search for your source, and the website will fill in the information for you. Anything missing from the site will be left blank, so you can quickly enter it yourself and click “Add to My Bibliography.” Once finished, you can add everything to your document and have a perfect works cited in either MLA, APA, or Chicago formatting.
This site another great option for citing sources. It even offers Turabian formatting to go along with the MLA, APA, and Chicago. This gives it the widest range of sourcing options. Of course, Turabian is not used as widely as the other options, but more choices are always a good thing.
You can use this website to cite books, magazines, journals, websites, and almost any other thing you could possibly use in your paper.
To get started, simply click the format you want on the left side of the screen, then choose the type of source. From there, you can use the web or ISBN to search for the source, or you can manually enter your information into the text boxes on the site.
Maybe you don’t want a website to do the citations for you. Maybe you want a site that will teach you the proper way to do citations for yourself. If so, that’s a good way to take the initiative! The Purdue OWL is one of the best academic writing resources on the web, and it has a fantastic section dedicated to research and citation.
Using this resource, you can see examples of how a proper citation should look in each of the popular formatting choices. Not only will it guide you through the process of setting up your bibliography, it will also help you with proper in-text citations which is an important part of any paper. Using the knowledge gained on this website can go a long way towards making your paper a lot better. After all, who wants to get a lower grade on the paper they worked so hard on just because they don’t understand citations?
Whether you want tools to help make citations an automatic process, or you want to learn how to do it manually, these websites will make your life so much easier. Use them, and save yourself some time while improving your grades.
What websites do you use for setting citing your sources? Hit the comments section below and let us know!