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Citation Assistance

What is a citation? A citation is used when you use another person's ideas and/or words.  As a writer, you need to acknowledge where you found your information so others can locate it if needed.

Using citations in Google Documents is super simple.  The video shows how to cite sources from websites, databases, books and more directly in your document.  No more visiting different websites; it is all for you under TOOLS.

How to Use the Citation Tool Built Into Google Docs

Open your document in Google Docs and click Tools. Add a citation source and related details

  1. In the Citations sidebar, under your selected style, click + Add citation source.
  2. Select your source type.
  3. Select where you found your source.
  4. Enter or edit any source information in the fields. 
  5. Click Add citation source.
  6. When you add the citation, you will be prompted to add a Works Cited.  The Work Cited will be on the very last page of your assignment.


Click the link above for help citing:  Databases, Books; Encyclopedias; Websites: Articles in Magazines: Anthologies; Works in an Anthology (short stories) 

Works Cited/Bibliography Sample 

See a sample of what a completed works cited page should look like.

Need more help?

Check out the websites below that make citations even easier:

Easy Bib

Citation Machine

Purdue OWL