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Research Guides to the Rescue!
Many of the databases will generate citations for articles from the website toolbox. However, remember you are responsible for verifying proper citation format.
In EBSCO databases, look for this shortcut:
In order of recommendation:
BibMe is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting. BibMe leverages external databases to quickly fill citation information for you. BibMe will then format the citation information and compile a bibliography according to the guidelines of the style manuals. If you prefer, you can enter your citation information manually. BibMe also features a citation guide that provides students with the style manuals' guidelines for citing references.
One of the first citation generators, easybib is free and allows students to enter the information from books manually and does the formatting according to style for them. Students put information in, and easybib does all the style and formatting for the student, leaving them with a finished bibliography.
Use the Citation Machine to create the proper format for an MLA or APA citation then include the result into your bibliography or footnotes. Currently uses MLA 7th, APA 8th, Chicago, and Turabian.
Docscite is a free site that automatically produces MLA or APA style citations for government documents. DocsCite was developed at, and is provided by, Arizona State University Libraries.
Knightcite is a free site that automatically produce MLA, APA, or Chicago style citations for 25 types of sources.
This free site automatically produces MLA or APA style citations for 6 basic types of sources. There is excellent help on each screen to walk users through the processing of citing a source.
Zotero is a free, open source utility that works in the Firefox browser to help users collect, manage and cite sources. It was developed at George Mason University.
Free full-featured version of Citavi for up to 100 references. Search for, manage, organize and cite sources.
Having accurate information is essential in news reporting. It is always necessary to check that facts and information reported in a story are accurate. Here are a few resources that provide a starting point for this important step:
*Source: COMM 3313: Investigation & Newsgathering Research Guide.
A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania that monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
The Washington Post inaugurated the Fact Checker which issues one to four Pinocchios.
Center for Media and Democracy
A non-profit investigative reporting group. The center's reporting and analysis focus on exposing corporate spin and government propaganda.
PolitiFact / Sorting out the Truth
PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times and its partners to help you find the truth in politics. Reporters and researchers from PolitiFact examine statements by members of Congress, state legislators, governors, mayors, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, and more.
Political Fact-Checking Underfire
NPR discussion of whether fact-checking organizations are without bias.