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Citation Generators: Your New Best Friend?

Books_Page_1.jpgJust when you think you have finally put to bed that research paper that has haunted you for the past week and a half, it hits you: you still have to cite your sources! If only there was some sort of magic tool that would organize all your sources for you and spit out a perfectly formatted bibliography just in the nick of time.

Ok, so they are not actually magic, and none can really claim to be perfect, but citation generators can save you time and frustration when it comes time to tangle with citations. There are a plethora of citation generators around. Here is a round-up of some of the most popular:

EndNote is one of the most popular software tools for publishing and managing bibliographies on the Windows and Macintosh platforms. It helps users locate, organize and store bibliographic data. Users can create bibliographies for curricula vitae, manuscripts, grant proposals, term papers and other publications. EndNote is available for purchase on their website (including a student discount). It is also available for free on all UAlbany information commons computers.

Citation Machine is a free site that automatically produces MLA, APA, Turabian or Chicago style citations for a variety of sources (but not bibliographies). Users can copy and paste citations into Word. It was developed by David Warlick, an educator.

Citavi Free is a free, full-featured version of Citavi for up to 100 references. It allows you to analyze and organize content, save quotations and thoughts, organize your knowledge and structure your work.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Users can automatically generate bliographies, collaborate with other researchers online, import papers from other research software, find relevant papers, access papers from anywhere online, and read papers on the go with apps for iPhone and iPad.

Zotero is a free, open source program developed by George Mason University. It enables users to collect content, organize research into collections, cite sources, sync data across multiple devices, and collaborate with other researchers. It is a perennial favorite of the University Libraries.

For information other recommended citations generators, check out our handy LibGuide . No citation generator is perfect, so always check your end product to make sure that it is formatted in accordance with rules of the style guide you are using. Our CitationFox for APA and MLA can help you make sure that all your commas and periods are in the right place. You can also go right to the source:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, c2010. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 A62X 2010.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 G53 2009.

The Chicago Manual of Style. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 C42X 2003 and Online.

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers by Kate L. Turabian. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. Dewey Library / Reference: LB 2369 T8 2007.

For assistance on citing sources, visit the reference desk or contact us at 442-3691 or

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin

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