"The purpose of a research paper is to synthesize previous research and scholarship with your ideas on the subject. Therefore, you should feel free to use other persons' words, facts, and thoughts in your research paper, but the material you borrow must not be presented as if it were your own creation. When you write your research paper, remember that you must document everything that you borrow--not only direct quotations and paraphrases but also information and ideas."
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009. 55. Print.
Knightcite is a free, Web-based resource that allows you to create bibliographies in MLA, APA and Chicago styles. Set up your personal account to save citations, manage files, and export biliographies to Word.
BibMe is a free, online citation generator. It also contains citation guides.
Citation Machine automatically generates free citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian.
Microsoft Word 2007 & 2010 & 2013 have a citation tool as part of their References tab. Note: This feature is only available when the style manuals are loaded into Word. If the options are unavailable (grayed out), the option has not been installed.
All articles have a "Cite this article" button which brings up a screen showing the article cited in six different styles.