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Citations Guide: Overview

This guide provides information on using, managing, and researching citations

UPDATE: Join Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE)

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries now subscribe to the Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE).  As CMU students, faculty, and staff, you can now use your Andrew ID to sign up and get MIE benefits. 

If you already have an account, login to your Mendeley account, then upgrade and  join our CMU's Mendeley group.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to enjoy the MIE benefits, you must register using a Carnegie Mellon email.  f you have a Mendeley account with a non-CMU email, go to your Mendeley profile and change your email to a Carnegie Mellon email [], or name@"department"].  Once you have done that, you can upgrade using the link above.

What happened to the "find papers at your institution future" in Mendeley?

Mendeley now uses an open URL link resolver.  This is set up automatically by the Carnegie Mellon University Mendeley Group administrator, so you only need to search for papers and look for the "Get-It" icon, which indicates that it is available through our subscriptions.

Here are instructions on how to do that: 

  1. In (online), log in to your account and go to (this takes you to the advanced search)
  2. Search for papers by author, title, etc.
  3. On the results screen, If "Get full-text" is available then it will link you to the full-text of the article. 


The Basics

A brief introduction to citing and why we cite from North Carolina State University

Click the video and select "...More" for transcripts


Here's a brief introduction to various citation styles from Kevin deLaplante of Critical Thinker Academy



Here are some links to major citation style manuals from our libraries:

A good information source on citing and general writing:




Here is a selection of online citation generation tools:

BibMe: Free Bibliography & Citation Maker - MLA, APA ...

BibMe quickly generates citations in APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard and thousands of other styles for your bibliography. It's accurate and free!

Citation Machine: Format & Generate Citations – APA, MLA ...

Citation Machine helps students and professionals properly credit the information that they use. Cite sources in APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, and Harvard.

The web's fastest and most accurate citation generator. Generate a bibliography, in-text citations and a title page in APA 6th edition, MLA and Chicago.

Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA.

Note:  These are only generators.  See Citation Management Tools below for ways to integrate citing with writing.  As with all tools, you should double check citations for accuracy.

Here's a short video from Western University that sums it up.

Transcript is available by clicking on the video and selecting "... More"