8 Great Citation Generators for Academics and Student Researchers

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For those of you working in academia, research students, and anyone else keen on learning how to properly cite sources in different styles, the tools below are definitely worth your attention. These are web-based citation generators you can use to easily generate and  format your references based on various citation styles. They support several citation formats (e.g., APA, MLA7/8, Chicago and many more) as well as a multitude of sources that include newspapers, journal articles, chapters, books, web pages, videos, audio clips and many more. Using these citation generators will absolutely save you so much time and efforts to channel into the actual writing of your paper. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback:

1- EasyBib

Features provided by EasyBib:
  • Generates citations in different  styles including: MLA8, MLA7, APA, Chicago and many more.
  • Sources supported include: books, digital images, film/ online videos, journal articles, online data base, websites, chapter/anthology, music/audio and over 50 other sources.
  • It supports both manual and automatic citation generation.
  • Offers a pro version with more advanced features.
  • Offers detailed guides covering popular citation styles.
2- Citefast


Features provided by Citefast include;
  • It supports the following citation styles: APA, MLA7 and Chicago.
  • Supports multiple sources.
  • Offers automatic as well as manual citation generation options.
  • It lets you save and export your citations.
  • Free version is limited and citations are deleted after four days of inactivity.
  • Offers style guides.
3- Bibme


Some of its features include:
  • Generating citations in various formats.
  • A grammar and plagiarism checker.
  • Offers help with style mechanics.
  • Offers relevant guides and resources.

4- Tweet2Cite

This tool allows you to ‘reference Tweets with the quick, easy, and free Tweet citation generator that converts Tweets into, properly formatted MLA, APA and Wikipedia, citations.’

5- Citation Machine


Among the features provided by Citation Machine include:
  • It supports serious citation formats.
  • It supports several sources (e.g., book, magazine, newspaper, website, journal, film and many more.
  • Offers both auto-fill mode and manual entry mode.
  • Offers citation guides.
  • Has a premium version with more features.
6- CiteUs LegalUs


This is ’an automated citation generator which formats data into the proper format for legal academic use.’

7- Citation Builder


Citation Builder from NC State University offers the following:
  • Manual generation of citations.
  • Supported citation styles are : APA6, MLA7, MLA8, Chicago (author-date), CSE/CBE (author-date).
  • Sources supported are: a book, a chapter or essay from a book, magazine article, newspaper article, scholarly journal article, website.
8- KnitCite


Some of the features provided by KnightCite:
  • It supports four citation styles: MLA, APA, Chicago, and MLA8.
  • Offers only manual generation of citations.
  • It supports several sources from books to online articles.
Sources:
Citation and Writing Guides (PennState University Libraries)
12 Best Free Online Bibliography and Citation Tools (2017 Update) (eLearning Industry)