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6 Free Tools to Easily Cite Resources for Students and Researchers

Citing resources is an important skill for the 21st century students and for any other learner or researcher. I have already included it in my ebook " The 21St Century Skills Teachers and Students Need  to Have ". It is a fact universally acknowledged that citing resources nowadays is way harder than it used to be when technology was not a huge issue.

As technology crouches into our life, new ways of communication emerge giving birth to novel content providers. We have now blog posts, online newspapers, ebooks, tweets, emails,.. and several other forms where learners can get the information they want. Do they know how to properly cite these new resources is where the shoe pinches. Just yesterday I posted about MLA new guidelines of how to include tweets in citations. I got several emails asking me for more resources on this topic and after some online research I came up with the list below. Some of these links I personally use on my research papers and some others are new to me which after reviewing  I found them worth including here.

1- How to Include Tweets in your Citations

MLA has recently issued a guideline showing researchers using its method how to include tweets in their papers. Read it to learn more.

2- Cite This For Me

cite this for me

This is a citation generator for Harvard and APA. It allows you to generate and organize your citation with a single click. It also offers tips about plagiarims and citation, Check it out it is a real treasure for teachers and students too.

3- Son Of Citation Machine

Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for students and  researchers to cite their information sources, that there is virtually no reason not to -- because...

4- BibMe


This is an automatic filler that lets you organise your resources in such a systematic and scientific way. It lets you enter the information yourself and create a bibliography to be downloaded in one of the four formats ( MLA, APA, Turbian, or Chicago ). It also supports several types of resources such as websites, films, newspapers, books ..etc

5- Purdue Online Writing Lab

writing lab

This is a great website that will help you not only properly cite your resources but also conduct your researches. It provides material on quoting and paragraphing your research sources, as well as material on how to avoid plagiarism. It also provides help on how to cite resources using four different styles like: APA, MLA, and Chicago Manual of style.



 This one here integrates with  Word and OpenOffice and lets you collect, organize, cite and share your resources using different formats such as MLA, APA,Chicago.. and more.One of the cool features of this tool is that it syns your data online enabling you to have access to them from any other computer or mobile device.

Update : Here are two  more tools I just discovered


EasyBib is a bibliography formatter tool where you can easily compose, format, alphabetize and print out your citation list.


This is a Chrome extension that allows users to cite books, journals and sites.

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