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Citation Formatting

Quick Guides by Dr. Cook

Online Citation Tools

These programs allow you to electronically format your sources and create a bibliography that can be downloaded directly into your paper.

Source Aid

SourceAid’s Citation Builder formats your bibliography in MLA, APA, CMS & CSE styles. You can also save your work for later editing or addition.

Citation Machine

Citation Machine generates works cited entries in MLA and APA formats which are able to be copied and pasted into a word document.


We subscribe to this service! RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:

  • Organize your research
  • Include citations while you write your paper
  • Build a bibliography in a variety of style formats (MLA, APA, Chicago)
  • Import references from many data sources (Databases, Catalog
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The Great Gatsby - West Perry High School

F. Scott Fitzgerald and the American Dream

A. Searching our Databases

  1. Searching Academic Search Complete Journal Articles on Fitzgerald or Gatsby

  2. Searches for Literary Criticism on Fitzgerald or Gatsby in Academic Search Complete [The following searches will find articles on the words indicated]

  3. Finding Articles in Other Journal Databases. [Use the terms you used in the previous section]

  4. Finding Books on the United States in the 1920's. [These books aren't always together on the shelves so a catalog search is necessary]

    • Library Catalog - A Few Good Sample Searches:
      • "twenties"
      • "united states 1918 1945"
      • "united states history 1919 1933"

  5. Browsing for Books in the Collections

    1. Books in the General Collection (Upper Level)
    2. We use the Library of Congress system. P = Literature; E = History. Many of the books on Fitzgerald are at the following places on the shelves. [Feel free to retrieve them and leave them on your table]

      • E169.1 - American Civilization [including books on the twenties]
      • E740 and E741 - American History [including books on the twenties]
      • E784 - 1920's history
      • E785 - 1920's and politics
      • PS3511.I9 - Fitzgerald - Literature and Cricicism

    3. Books in the Reference Collection (Main Floor by Reference Desk)

    4. Gale Virtual Reference Library  - Many online encyclopedias are available for background research in this database, including American Decades and Working Americans.


      • American Decades. 10 vols. Ref. E169.12 A419
      • Working Americans. 6 vols. Ref. HD8066 D47
      • Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century. 3 vols. Ref. E740.7 E53
      • Historical Dictionary of the 1920s: From World War I to the New Deal, 1919-1933. E784 O44


      • Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History. 3 vols. Ref. E169.1 E624
      • A Companion to American Thought. Ref. E169.1 C685