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Citing Sources: Citation Generators

Citation Generators

When to use citation generators

For smaller projects, you may just need to correct formatting for a citation.  A citation generator can help with the correct formatting of citations in well known basic styles and allow references to be copied and pasted into a bibliography.

  • for smaller projects
  • to verify a citation 


Citation generators

  • BibMe is a free citation generator developed at Carnegie Mellon University that produces citations and bibliographies in APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian styles. 
  • Citation Machine is a free Web site that provides software allowing you to create MLA or APA citations for books, journal articles, and a variety of other references. You provide details about titles, author, publisher or journal name, volume, and page numbers. The site then provides a formatted citation for use in your reference lists. You should double-check the citations the system generates since it occasionally makes a mistake.

  • Knight Cite is an online citation generator service provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College.

  • Quick Citation Formatting in Databases. Many databases allow you to format citations into various writing styles. When available, look for the wording “cite” or “cite now,” or see if it is an option after clicking on “save, print, email.”

  • Always proofread the citation output. There are frequent minor errors.