10 of The Best Bibliography and Citation Tools for Teachers and Student Researchers

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February 16, 2014
Knowing how to develop a bibliography and cite the resources you drew on  in your research papers are two elemental skills for any student researcher. Correct and accurate citations do not only augment the credibility of your research but also help other interested researchers use your citations for reference mining and thus building on your work.

 There are actually a wide range of free web tools that makes it easy for students to generate citations and in different style formats, however, the ones below are the tools I have myself tested and therefor highly recommend for you. I invite you to have a look and share with your colleagues.


RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

2- Zotero

Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes.

3- EasyBib

EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use and educational. EasyBib is not only accurate, fast, and comprehensive, but helps educators teach and students learn how to become effective and organized researchers.

4- Citelighter

This is an academic research platform allows students and researchers to save, organize, and automatically cite online or offline information throughout the duration of the writing process, and store content privately or aggregate it by topic to be shared with the community via Knowledge Cards.

5- 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 student researchers to cite their information sources using both MLA and APA style.

6- Bibme

Bibme is a fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It's the easiest way to build a works cited page.
  • Search for a book, article, website, or film, or enter the information yourself.
  • Add it to your bibliography and continue citing to build your works cited list.
  • Download your bibliography in either the MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian formats. It's that easy!

7- RefDot

RefDot is a Chrome extension that allows users to create citations. Some of the features it provides include:
  • Cite books, journals and websites (More to come). 
  • Automatically formats references to the correct style. 
  • Have the references stored in your browser. 
  • Automatically retrieve and store references from any amazon.com book page. The source link is stored for later viewing. 
  •  Handles multiple authors. 
  • View in XML format. 
  • View in standard text format.
  •  View in HTML format. 
  • Automatically "flip" author name into the correct format

8- Citefast

Citefast formats your bibliographies and title pages, in APA 6th edition, MLA 7th edition and Chicago 16th edition. Citefast has recently added a slew of new features that include title page creation, in-text citations, editing capabilities and automatic citation lookup.

9- Endnote

EndNote is a software tool for publishing and managing bibliographies, citations and references on the Windows and Macintosh desktop.

10- Mendely

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.