Citation Builder

This Citation Builder interactive also includes:

Does the publication date come before or after the title? Should there be a comma between the location and year? The answer depends on whether you're using the MLA, APA, Chicago,4or CSE/CBE style guide. A citation builder clears up questions writers often have about citing resources appropriately by doing the thinking for them. Individuals indicate their choice of style guide and then simply type in the key information for a book, chapter, website, or a host of other source types, and the program generates a properly formatted citation for them.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Write out a proper citation and challenge scholars to recreate it using the citation builder
  • Choose a standard citation style for students to use when citing their sources
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes scholars know where to find key information, such as publisher, location, and year
  • Includes formats for the MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE/CBE style guides
Pros

  • Includes hyperlinks to sample citations, a citation creation guide, and a chat with a librarian feature
  • Adapts to six different citation styles
Cons

  • Requires learners to copy and paste citations to a separate document
Common Core