Cite Your Sources


    Noodle Tools
    Subscription Citation & Note-taking Tool
    ​A powerful tool that helps you to stay ​organized throughout the research process.

    To create an account:

    1. Select the "Sign in with Google" option on the right
    2. Enter your BHS gmail and password
    3. Select BHS from the dropdown menu
    4. Select "Create account" and enter a "Personal ID" and password

    If you already made an account, link to it by signing in with Google and select "I have an existing account" then enter your NoodleTools ID/password.


    Free Citation Tools

    • NoodleTools Express - Just need one or two quick citations? No need to log in or subscribe -- simply generate them in NoodleTools Express and copy and paste what you need into your document.

    • Easy Bib - MLA Free. A great citation generator, EasyBib compiles your bibliographies and citations for you, saving you valuable time. You don’t need to create an account if you are using MLA, but Chicago or APA style citations require a paid account. EasyBib also offers an app for iOS and Android, so you can cite your sources on the go.

    • Zotero
      Zotero is a completely free browser based plugin that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. This tool lives right where you do your work; in the web browser itself. Whether you need to create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies, Zotero will do most of the work for you, leaving you free to focus on your writing. Create citations in Word and OpenOffice without ever leaving your word processor and add references to an email, a Google Doc, or some other editor simply by dragging one or more references out of Zotero. The only disadvantage? Zotero doesn’t allow you to annotate a PDF document.

    • BibMe
      The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It's the easiest way to build a works cited page; and it's free. Search for a book, article, website, or film, or enter the information yourself. Add it to your bibliography and continue citing to build your works cited list. Download your bibliography in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian format. Bibme is very easy to use, but you need to pay for a pro account to save your bibliographies.

    Owl Purdue

    OWL Purdue: Gives an excellent overview of the basic guidelines of MLA and APA style formatting, including in-text citations and works cited for your research paper. ​

    OWL Annotated Bibliographies: Great resource for how to craft an annotated bibliography. 


    Refer to the chart below whenever you question whether or not a source is credible. Using research databases, like Gale, are a sure way to find credible sources without having to wonder if they're reliable. However, using search engines for sources, like Google, require further consideration.

    CRAAP Graphic


    Should I use Wikipedia as a reliable source?  
    It depends on how you are using it. Some articles provide an excellent bibliography that you can pearl fish from and find additional credible sources.  It can also provide a good overview of your topic. Check out the video below for a more detailed explanation.

    Copyright Done Right

    The Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Media guide will help you find and correctly attribute public domain and Creative Commons media for your project or presentation.


    There are many types of plagiarism. Here are a few to keep in mind:

    • Photo Copy Plagiarism - copying an original source word-for-word without quoting it or citing it.
    • Patchwork Plagiarism - copying or paraphrasing without citing multiple sources.
    • Paraphrasing - poorly disguising the content of an original by rewriting it and not citing the original. Whether a little or a lot, paraphrasing without citing is plagiarism.
    • Misinformation - Intentionally providing a bogus citation so the original source is difficult or impossible to find.
    • Missing Quotes - Word-for-word copying without using quotation marks, even though a citation is included.
    • Self-Borrowing - copying your own work without citing it.

    Annotated Bibliographies

    An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

    How To Prepare An Annotated Bibliography Attribution: Cornell University Library
    This libguide has been adapted from Cornell University Library's How To Prepare An Annotated Bibliography Page.