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Research Toolkit: Find a Citation Tool

Tools, techniques, and resources to help you find the information you need.

Option 1: Use a Citation Generator

With a citation generator, you to enter information about your source in order to produce a citation in your selected format that you can copy and paste into your paper. 

Pro Tip: Make sure to double-check your citations at the Purdue Online Writing Lab.

Here are a few citation generators to check out:

Citation Machine

  • Creates citations and bibliographic references for MLA and APA styles
  • Option to look up your reference for APA and MLA styles
  • Create an account to save your citations and create folders for different projects

Knight Cite

  • Creates citations and bibliographic references for MLA and APA styles
  • Create an account to save your citations and create folders for different projects

 


Option 2: Database Citation Tools

 

 

Many research databases contain built-in citation tools that will generate entire for your reference list or bibliography. Look for a "Cite" or "Citation Tools" button to get the citation for the article you are using. These tools are usually located along the right or left side of the article page within the database.

 

Above: Example of how citation tools appear in different databases.