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Government Documents: Citation Creators

Government Resources

Why Citing Matters

In order to evaluate your argument,position or research, your reader (in this case your Instructor and perhaps later in your career, coworkers and other researchers) must be able to consult the same sources you used. 

Proper citing is crucial to making a credible and persuasive argument, and to conforming to professional standards of proof.

The most important  reasons  to cite the resources that you used when researching a paper are:

  • It gives credit to authors whose works you have used (whether you quote them or not).
  • Provides a trail by which others can locate the materials you used providing evidence of your research.
  • Properly citing materials is one strategy to show that you did not plagerize your work.

8 Resources to help cite government documents

  1. Bibme - Free
    The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It's the easiest way to build a works cited page. And it's free. Search for a book, article, website, or film, or enter the information yourself. Add it to your bibliography and continue citing to build your works cited list. Download your bibliography in either the MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian formats. It's that easy!
  2. Citation Machine - Free
    Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources
  3. Citefast - Free
    Cite your work at APA, MLA, and Chicago without leaving http://www.citefast.com/ in three easy steps. Your citations will be kept as long as you keep visiting the site. After four days of inactivity your citations will be deleted.
  4. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Citation Wizard - Free
    Offer three Citation Styles: APA, CSE, formerly known as CBE, and MLA. All feature specific templates for citing online Journals, Web pages with and without authors, electronic Books and Databases.
  5. Zotero - Free
  6. Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself. Whether you need to create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies, Zotero will do all the dirty work for you, leaving you free to focus on your writing. Create citations in Word and OpenOffice without ever leaving your word processor and add references to an email, a Google Doc, or some other editor simply by dragging one or more references out of Zotero.
  7. Easy Bib - MLA Free
    Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker. Save time by creating a Works Cited page instantly in MLA (Free), APA, or Chicago!