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Citation Tools: Citation Tools

Free Citation Tools

BibMe:  Offers a limited free service for MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian citations which is supported by advertising. More advanced features require an Individual subscription. 

Citation Generator - from Scribbr. Offers APA and MLA auto- generated citations as well as some checking and editing.

Cite This For Me: An open-access generator for APA, MLA, Harvard, Chicago, ASA, IEEE, and AMA.  Download the free file converter. Supported by advertising.  Individual subscriptions are available for a fee. 

EasyBib:  Offers a MLA bibliography generator for free.  APA and Chicago require an individual subscription.

EasyBib is available as a free add-on in Google Docs.  It creates MLA, APA, and Chicago bibliographies for books, articles, and websites.

Noodle Tools Express:  Generates citations for MLA, APA, and Chicago, but does not have the ability to export to a word processor or save citations. more advanced features require an individual subscription.

Google Docs Research Tool:  Uses Google Scholar to provide citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles in Google Docs.

Mendeley:  Free citation manager and academic social network.

Zotero Free citation manager which integrates with your web browser to easily grab citation information from websites. If you don't want to download the software, try ZBib, which allows for creation of bibliographies.

Why Use a Citation Tool?

A citation manager stores all your citations in a searchable database so that you can:

  • Keep your research organized.
  • Format you footnotes or endnotes automatically in the style of your choice (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).
  • Format your bibliography automatically.
  • Insert references into a Word document with a click.
  • Create and format an annotated bibliography.

A Note about Citation Tools

It is your responsibility to know what elements and punctuation are required for your citation style and determine whether the citation tool has generated the citation correctly. 

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