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Writing Resources: Son of Citation Machine

Son of Citation Machine is a great resource for making citations in MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago citation styles. Here’s a step-by-step walkthrough to quick and easy citations.

Notice the bar on the left side where the different citation styles listed. Select whichever citation style you are using. You’ll get a screen that looks like this (I chose MLA) :

                            CM front copy

Next, notice that the central part of the page has many links. Select the link that corresponds with whatever type of source you are trying to cite.

                CM MLA copy

 At the next screen, you’ll see multiple text box fields and descriptions next to each box. This is where you will fill in as much information as you can about your source. Remember that you won’t always be able to fill all of these fields, so input as much information as you can. Once that’s done, click on the giant “make citation” button.

CM MLA example with button copy

That’s it! In the top box, there is a properly formated citation that can be used in your works cited page. Also, in the bottom box there is a ready-to-use in-text citation. Simple, right?

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While Son of Citation Machine is a great resource for creating citations, it doesn’t teach you how to put citations into your paper or even how to cite correctly. Therefore, I usually use a style guide in addition to using Son of Citation Machine. For MLA and APA styles, Purdue OWL is really great.

Check it out, and happy citing!

Trouble with Citation? There’s a Machine for that.

Clients at the WC often come in with concerns about citation. I’ve had people, from freshmen to graduate students, come to me asking how to do MLA/APA/Chicago style citation, and with all the scary stuff (read: implicit threats) written about academic honesty and plagiarism, it’s understandable why. Citation is a necessary part of academic writing, but it’s a new thing to a lot of college students, and there’s anxiety about getting it right.

So when people ask me how to cite certain sources, I don’t give them a style guide, or tell them the order of things on a bibliographic entry. I show them Citation Machine. Citation Machine is a tool to help writers cite their sources in the proper format, simply by formatting the raw citation data. It won’t take any of the legwork out of actually finding the sources or their necessary information, but it does cut down on the headache of knowing where in a citation goes a period, italics, quotes, initials, etc. Continue reading