Be consistent. Decide which Citation and Style Guide you will use: MLA, Chicago, etc., then always choose that style with the auto-citing sources.
When you complete your Works Cited list, check the citations against one of these sources and make the adjustments.
from: Research and Documentation Online, 5th ed.
Chicago Style Chicago documentation style
Databases like Academic Search Complete, offer already formatted citations.
Books can be cited using WorldCat.org. Search for your book, and then bring up the record for it. One click (choosing your Citation Style) and you have the citation.
Resources generally about researching and writing academic papers:
- Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) -- for all kinds of help with writing
- Thesis Statements from the Writing Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
You can use Google Books to look up chapters in books about researching and writing papers. Here are some suggestions:
- Complete Idiot's Guide to Research Methods
- Writing Effective Materials and Methods: How to Write a Research Paper