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7th Grade: Research Resources: Citations

eBook setup and login information plus guidelines, databases, and information for safe and effective research.

Citation tools

Many database articles contain citation information that you can copy into your bibliography.

Citation tools auto-create a citation for you. You enter the book, magazine, article, or website title and the tool will generate and populate all the appropriate fields. Select the appropriate medium (website, book, journal, newspaper, other, etc) before you enter your title.

Here are two options (note that both contain ads):

Remember that citation generators are powerful tools but they cannot, and should not, do your thinking for you! Always double check the information that the tool outputs.

Format basics

There are many different styles (rules) for citations. One of the most popular is the Modern Language Association (MLA) style. You will be doing your bibliography in MLA style. 

Here are common elements of an MLA book citation and how they look:

  • Author
  • Book Title
  • Publisher Location
  • Publisher
  • Publication Date

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