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The Best Citation and Bibliography Apps for Student Researchers and Academics

March 27, 2014
Following the posting of "20 must have iPad apps for student researchers and academics" I  received a request from a PhD student from Australia asking for iPad apps to help him with citations and bibliography. I know how hard providing proper citations in an academic paper particulalry with the increasing use of online resources and materials from social media websites. So I went ahead and compiled this list of what I believe the best iPad apps for this purpose.



1- EasyBib

Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to EasyBib.com's popular bibliography management service.
2- iSource

Writing a bibliography can be hard. Keeping track of your resources, quotes and how to format them can be downright daunting. iSource does quick work of formatting bibliography entries and in-text citations for you, saves these formatted entries all in one place and is simlpe and easy to use. iSource even includes a list of the most common formatting rules for you to use as a reference guide.
3- Quick Cite

Snap a picture of a book’s barcode and send a citation for the book to your email. Choose from APA, MLA, Chicago, or IEEE styles.
4- Mendely

Mendeley is an essential tool for researchers, students, librarians and professionals who rely on easy access to the world's research.. Mendeley is your personal research library. Carry thousands of PDFs in your pocket. Read and annotate them on the go, search your entire library, and easily sync everything between your iPhone, iPad, and Mendeley Desktop (available on Windows, Mac, and Linux).

5- Endnote

Find, store, create and share from anywhere with EndNote® - the most powerful research productivity tool on the market. With flexible tools for searching, organizing and creating research, the EndNote® for iPad app extends your ability to stay on top of cutting edge research and connect with your EndNote® library when you’re on the go.

6- myBib

myBib is a mobile BibTeX bibliography manager for iOS. Just enter an ISBN (with barcode scanner or manually) and the additional information like title, author, publisher, artworks etc. will be added automatically. Great for academics or for keeping track of what you read. Add and save your own comments. Export your whole bibliography or parts either in text or in BibTeX format for storing it on your Mac / PC or for adding it to your scientific paper.
7- ReferenceMe

Scan book and journal barcodes or enter website URLs to create your bibliography/citations in seconds. ReferenceME creates references in Harvard, Chicago, Vancouver, MHRA, MLA, Oxford, APA and Turabian. You can request custom styles at the online platform.

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