Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Citation Generator Basics

Need help developing your bibliography? A citation generator is an online tool that helps you to quickly format your resource information into proper bibliographic form for the bibliography at the end of your paper or presentation. Citation generators help you easily create bibliographic entries in MLAAPA, or Chicago/Turabian style for a variety of resource formats, including books, magazines, newspapers, journal articles, and websites.

Citation generators are useful when you only need to prepare citations for a few resources. For larger research projects where you need to organize, manage, share, and/or format numerous resources, consider using a Citation Manager instead.

***Remember, always double-check citations generated by a citation generator against the rules of the citation style you are using! Using a citation generator is not a substitute for knowing how to cite a source on your own, nor is it an excuse for incorrect or incomplete citations!***

To quickly generate citations, consider one of the following citation generators:
  • Citation Builder at NCSU provides formatting for the most common resource formats, including whole books; book chapters; newspaper, magazine, and journal articles; and websites.
  • Citation Builder only formats citations in APA and MLA style. For Chicago/Turabian style, see Son of Citation Machine below.

  • EasyBib formats resource information in APAMLATurabian, and Chicago/Turabian styles, and has a handy "Autocite" feature to help you look up your resource information and generate citations automatically. 
  • MLA is free; all other citation styles require a subscription.
  • EasyBib offers Citation Manager features and online hosting of your bibliographic information if you join the subscription service.

Son of Citation Machine
  • Son of Citation Machine formats resource information in APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago styles. To generate citations be sure to:
    • First, select the specific citation style you want to use.
    • Second, select the resource format (e.g., book, newspaper article, magazine article, blog post).
    • Third, after entering your bibliographic information, click "Submit" and Son of Citation Machine will produce the citation in your designated citation style.