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Citation and Writing Assistance: Writing Papers at Carrington

Citation and Writing Assistance-Library Subject Guide


Welcome to the Citation and Writing Assistance Guide! This guide provides tools to assist you with your writing process, including helping you cite in APA format. If you have any questions and want advice, please contact a Campus Academic Dean, Academic Coach, the Librarian, or consult with your instructor about the correct format for your paper.

welcome to APA 7TH EDITION!

Helpful Guides, Handouts, and Websites   Helpful Videos

Welcome Singular "They" (APA)
Student Paper Set-up Guide (APA)
Student Title Page Guide (APA)

How to format your paper in  APA 7th style (11:54) Writing Center In-text Citation Guide 
 APA Format 7th Edition: Reference Page
Tutorial (24:44)
Style and Grammar Guidelines (APA) In-text citations made easy: APA 7th edition format Tutorial (16:21)

Why is it important to cite references in your research paper?

  • It gives credit to the authors of the sources you used
  • It provides your reader with more information about your sources so they can find them if they want to read more about your topic
  • It shows your credibility and that you did your research before you came to a conclusion
  • It prevents plagiarism
Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction (1:54) Citing Sources: Why & How to do it (5:37)

Note: these videos may reference citing in another style (e.g., MLA, Chicago, etc.). Remember, we use APA 7th Edition style, but you will find that the basic concepts in these videos will apply to writing papers at Carrington College.

Citation Generators

The following citation generators may be useful in automatically generating citations for your reference list. These are FREE resources, but most of them have a PAID version. The FREE versions should give you the information you need, but you may get lots of ads too.

Product Descriptions
OSLIS Citation Maker Provided by the Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS), generates citations in APA 7th edition format 
Bibme Generates citations in APA 7th edition format and helps format papers (Bibme®, a Chegg Service)
Typecite  Compiled by experts (and with less ads), generates citations and explains formatting (©Typecite Limited)
ZoteroBib  Downloadable tool that helps collect, organize, cite, and share research (©Corporation for Digital Scholarship)
Citation Machine

Overview of APA 7th edition format and citation generator (Citation Machine®, a Chegg Service)

Using Citation Generators Responsibly (from Purdue OWL)

REMEMBER: You will need to check these citations for accuracy! If you have any questions and want advice, please contact your Instructor, a Campus Academic Dean, Academic Coach, or the Librarian about the correct format for your paper. offers tutoring and homework help for students. All services are live, on demand, and online.  Experts are online 24/7 ready to help. 


Grammarly is an online grammar check program.  It checks 250 points of grammar, contextually checks your spelling, makes vocabulary suggestions as well as having apps to use for working in your browser, anywhere on the web and in Microsoft Office.  

The basic version is free to everyone.  There is a paid version that is more comprehensive and is probably only necessary for serious writing issues.

Once you have an account it provides the option of a drag & drop or upload function to submit your paper for review.  Then Grammarly scans your text for grammar, spelling corrections needed and offers vocabulary suggestions.