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Citation Machines

Create a Citation Using a “Machine” or “Generator”

A number of resources are available either for free or for a membership that will help you to create citations for your bibliography.

Tips for Selecting an Online Citation Generator

Online citations generators remove some of the effort involved in creating accurate citations.  However, citation generators are not always up-to-date with current style guide standards.

1. You should “test” the generator before using it and compare the citation it provides to you with the guidelines available on the library’s Citing Sources page.

2. You should never have to pay for this type of service. Below you will find a number of links to free citation creation

3. Remember that human error is still a barrier to accuracy.  Be sure that you…

(a) select the correct citation style and use this style consistently when creating citations;

(b) select the correct type of item that you wish to cite;

(c) complete the citation creation forms as fully as possible; and

(d) when you copy the citation in your bibliography or works cited, be sure to organize your citations alphabetically.

Free Citation Generators Online

KnightCite Citation Service: Calvin College (MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles)

Citation Builder: North Carolina State University (MLA, APA, and CSE Styles)

Son of Citation Machine (MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian Styles)

Other Resources

EasyBib MLA Citation Maker

This resource is the most up-to-date in terms of current style guidelines.  This resource also creates citation in various other styles. However, only the MLA citation maker is free.


RefWorks is the library online bibliographic management system that allows you to save information about articles, books, and more. You can organize these references and then create bibliographies and in-text citations within seconds.
See also RefWorks Tutorials | RefWorks Help

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