Citation generators (found in library catalogs, databases, google, etc.) can give you a head-start in creating citations for your project. Generators allow you to quickly create a reference for the item that you are looking at in a search system. Below are three examples of commonly used search systems OneSearch, EBSCO Databases, and Google Scholar.
*Note, most generators include the most common citation styles, such as APA, MLA, and Chicago. If you need help with other styles, such as ACS or ASA, consider using the resources listed on the tabs to the left or a Citation Manager discussed later on this page.
Citation Managers are apps that allow you to save and organize your references for later and even plug citations directly into your word processor. Below are three commonly used managers to consider using, RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley.
For either generators or managers, it's a good idea to gather citations as you go whenever you find a source you might use later. If you need the citation for a source you already have, use OneSearch or Google Scholar to search for the title of the item and to use the citation generator.
Remember, all citation tools not always format citations perfectly, and you must proofread for accuracy. Always consult a style manual to be sure everything is correct.
When viewing an item, the first option in the top menu, above or below the title, the item title is "Citation" with the quotation mark symbol above it. Click Citation and choose the citation style you need.
When viewing an item, look to the right-hand vertical menu for the "Cite" tool with a gold paper icon. Click Cite and choose the citation style you need.
From the results list, locate the item you would like to cite. Below the item description are several tools. The second link is a quote symbol and the word "Cite." Click the Cite link and choose the appropriate citation style.
Citation Managers can save you time, keep you organized, and improve your research experience, but which one is right for you? The three citation managers recommended here have different features, and each may be better suited to different preferences and tasks.
When deciding which is best for you, consider the following:
*Note: If you don’t see your citation style available in a citation manager, contact your librarian for help adding styles or choosing an alternative application.