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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a citation?
There are three citation styles—MLA, APA, and Chicago. Whether you use MLA citations, APA citations, or Chicago-style citations depends on your academic discipline. Plus, there are two types of citations for all styles: in-text citations and full citations. You use in-text citations in the body of your paper right after you quote, paraphrase, or reference a source. You use full citations at the end of the paper, where you list all your sources in what’s called a bibliography, works cited, or references page (for Chicago-style citations, MLA citations, and APA citations, respectively).
How do you cite a source?
In addition to the free citation generator on this page, you can use Grammarly’s browser extension to generate citations automatically. This tool instantaneously generates copy-and-paste-ready citations for you when you visit a compatible source website like Wikipedia, Frontiers, PLOS One, ScienceDirect, SAGE Journals, and more. To use Gramamrly’s auto-citations, install the Grammarly browser extension.
If you’d like to know more about writing citations on your own, you can find information midway through these pages: Free MLA Citation Generator, Free APA Citation Generator, and Free Chicago Citation Generator.
Why do you need citations?
Citations are also essential because they support your arguments and ideas and tell readers of your paper where to find out more about your research.
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What’s the difference between Bibliography, References, and Works Cited pages?
What’s the difference between full citations, in-line citations, parenthetical citations, footnotes, and annotations, and when should I use each?
Full citations go at the end of your paper in your references, works cited, or bibliography section (the name changes depending on if you’re using APA, MLA, or Chicago-style citations). They include all relevant source information a reader may wish to know. What you should include in a full citation depends on the source, but it will have information such as the source’s title, author, publisher, year of publication, URL, and more. You can use Grammarly’s free citation generator to quickly create accurate full citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago style.
In-line citations, a.k.a. in-text citations, are abbreviated versions of full citations. They’re used in the body of a paper right after you reference or quote a source. You can use Grammarly’s free citation generator for MLA citations, APA citations, and Chicago-style citations to create in-line citations in seconds.
Parenthetical citations are a type of in-line citation used by the MLA and APA formats. To write a parenthetical MLA citation, put the last name of the source’s author and the page number(s) your information comes from in parentheses right after you reference or quote a source. To write a parenthetical APA citation, put the last name of the source’s author, the source’s publication date, and, if relevant, applicable page numbers in parentheses right after you reference or quote a source.
Footnotes are a form of in-text citation used in the Chicago format. To create a footnote, put a superscript numeral right after any text where you’ve quoted or referenced a source. Then, under a horizontal line at the bottom of the page, put a full citation preceded by the same numeral used in the superscript. Most word-processing programs can help you do this formatting automatically.
An annotation is a summary or evaluation of a source placed after a full citation. You’ll only need to use annotations if you’re doing an annotated bibliography.