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Citation Machine: Citing References

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website Example:

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector

Activity Description

In this activity, students learn how to properly credit the information they use in their writing with the online Citation Machine.


  1. Students should be familiar with the reasons for citing references in their writing and know which citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) they are expected to use before learning how to use this tool. For more information on citation styles you may want to try the Center for Writing Studies .
  2. Spend some time with the site, learning how to use it yourself in whichever style you prefer. Make notes on anything you think might be an issue for your students.


  1. Show students how to use the tool.
  2. Have them use this tool to properly cite the information they use in their next writing assignment.

Teacher Tips

  • As with many sites of this type, there are MANY ads. Be sure to teach your students what they look like and how to avoid clicking on these ads, which could pose "issues" they would rather not deal with.

Select subjects and subcategories

English Language Arts

  • Journalism
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.