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Citation Generators

Some databases and websites will auto-generate citations for you. This is a great starting place for a citation, but they are not always accurate. Check an auto-generated citation with a stylebook or guide before submitting a paper. 

Some databases, like Academic Search Complete, include a "cite" feature that will auto-generate APA, MLA, Chicago and other citations.

If there isn't an auto-generated citation within a database, try one of these free citation generator cites. You can also ask a librarian or the writing center!

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Citation Guides

Citation Management Software

Zotero

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research in a single, searchable interface. Features include: 

  • Browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari
  • Plugins for Word and LibreOffice
  • 8,000 citation styles
  • Share and collate libraries
  • Zotero Support 

Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research in your field.

  • Web importer for Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari
  • Plugins for Word, Word for Mac, and LibreOffice
  • 1,000 citation styles
  • Annotate documents
  • Create a research profile
  • Personalized suggestions for articles and people to follow

EndNote Basic

Create a free online EndNote basic account to search, save and use your research sources with limited storage. 

  • Built-in connections to search the 5 most popular databases
  • Limited cloud storage (up to 50,000references)
  • Plugin for Microsoft Word
  • 21 citation styles
  • Manuscript matcher to identify the best journal for your research to be published

Citation Style FAQ