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BIOL 199 - Using Library Resources: Citing Sources


EasyBib is a web-based program that creates citations for your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian. It is an easy to use, fill-in form that will enable you to quickly put together a bibliography of your citations.

UR has a site license.  Learn about accessing EasyBib and register for your free account to start creating your citations in APA, MLA or Chicago/Turabian.

Deciding Which Citation Style & Tool to Use


  • Ask your instructor which style guide s/he wants your class to use.  Chicago/Turabian, APA, or MLA are the primary citation styles.
  • Some professors create their own journal citation style and will provide it in their syllabus.  Others may require you to use a particular journal citation style -- RefWorks provides citation styles for hundreds of journals.
  • Use the library's Research Guide on Citing Sources for information on different citation styles and UR's citation management tools.
  • Use EasyBib if you have a short bibliography but need help in putting it into a correct format for MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian.
  • Use RefWorks if you have a longer bibliography, time to learn a more sophisticated citation management tool, need to share your research citations, or want to keep your research organized into separate folders. 


More sophisticated than EasyBib, RefWorks is a web-based tool that allows you to collect and organize citations, format papers, and create bibliographies. RefWorks allows you to create bibliographies in individual journal styles, as well as Chicago, MLA, and APA.

You may open multiple RefWorks accounts so that you can easily share citations with other students for group projects or lab research.

 Go to the library's guide on citing sources -- RefWorks -- to learn how to register for RefWorks or click on the logo if you are already a user.