By SARAH HARTNIG
Since most journalism students rely on Associated Press (AP) style for their articles, online posts and other methods of storytelling, it is not unusual to forget how to appropriately credit sources for other citation styles, such as Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA) or Chicago/Turabian styles, for example.
We know how to quote sources — the differences between direct and indirect quotes, the various benefits associated with either option and so on and so forth. We know the nit-picky rules associated with comma placement. Most importantly, however, we know the detrimental effects of misquoting a source and we understand the implications behind tampering with somebody else’s words. But, if a journalism student had to include a basic “Works Cited” page along with an extended essay for a history course, would they know how to correctly cite information taken from a journal article?
If you struggle with creating citations for MLA, APA or Chicago/Turabian style assignments, then easybib.com (http://easybib.com) is for you. The website is incredibly easy to use, especially for students who are not practiced in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian style. Easybib.com generates citations for 58 types of sources. Although easybib.com does indeed create basic citations for information taken from websites, books, newspapers, journals and databases, easybib.com also builds more specific citations for information taken from comic strips, multi-volume works and federal testimonies, for example.
Last semester I was enrolled in ENG384, or “Bible as Literature.” Understandably, over the course of the semester I was inclined to quote from the Bible fairly often. Although I had no idea how to appropriately include the Bible on a “Works Cited” page, at first, I was relieved when easybib.com walked me through the entire process in seconds.
If you get stuck writing your next MLA, APA or Chicago/Turabian style assignment, feel free to use easybib.com for help with your “Work Cited” page — just remember to include it as one of your sources.