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Trying to create a bibliography or works cited, insert footnotes or endnotes, or even format a whole thesis?

There is no one right way to do all of the above. The format of it depends on your professor's preference and the subject for which your paper is being written. Most disciplines have their own way of writing. The most common styles are MLA, APA, and Chicago. Usually the preferred style is specified in the assignment's guidelines.


RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool that Coe subscribes to. It allows you to export citations directly from most article databases. You can be working on many papers at once and share citations between them. You can easily change between styles, and use it to create a bibliography in Microsoft Word.

The The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) has fairly comprehensive style guides available for MLA and APA style, along with other research and citation sources.

The The Chicago Manual of Style website has several tools available on its website, including a Chicago-style citation quick guide with sample citations

Printed Style Manuals Available IN the Library

Authors and Editors:

The ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors by Janet S. Dodd. Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society, 1997. [RESERVE QD 8.5.A25]


American Medical Association Manual of Style. Chicago: American Medical Association, 1998. [RESERVE R 119.A533 1998] -The style manual of choice for the chemistry department at Coe.

Literature, Philosophy, Religion, and Other Arts/Humanities:

MLA handbook. 8th ed. New York: Modern Language Association, 2016. [REF LB 2369.M53 2016 & RESERVE LB 2369.M53 2016]

MLA handbook for writers of research papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009. [RESERVE LB 2369.M53 2009]

Fine Arts:

The Chicago manual of style. 16th ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. [REF Z 253.U69 2010]


Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.: APA, 2010. [RESERVE REF BF 76.7.P82 2010] -Used by psychology, sociology, nursing, and economics, among other departments, on the Coe campus.


Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 6th ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994. [RESERVE REF T 11.S386 1994] -The Council of Biology Editors manual is used by the Biology department at Coe.

General and Bias-Free Usage

The Dictionary of Bias-Free Usage: A Guide to Nondiscriminatory Language by Rosalie Maggio. Phoenix: Oryx, 1991. [REF PE 1460.M26 1991]

Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing by Marilyn Schwartz and the Task Force on Bias-Free Language..... Bloomington: Indiana U Press, 1995. [REF PE 1460.S474 1995] 

Electronic Styles: A Handbook for Citing Electronic Information by Xia Li and Nancy B. Crane. 2nd ed. Medford, N.J.: Information Today, Inc., 1996. [RESERVE and REF PN 171.F56 L5 1996]

The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing by Casey Miller and Kate Swift. 2nd ed. New York: Harper & Row, 1988. [REF PN 218.M5 1988]

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian. 6th ed. Chicago: U of Chicago, 1996. [RESERVE and REF LB 2369.T8 1996] -Less commonly used today; primarily by history and other humanities disciplines. Good examples of footnotes and bibliography formats.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009. [RESERVE and REF LB 2369.M53 2009]


If you are typing your paper in Word 2007/2010, it has a built in citation maker. Find it under the "Reference" tab. It will make endnotes, footnotes, table of contents and bibliography.