Citation generators use online forms to create a citation in various formats such as MLA, APA, Chicago, and more. You (the researcher) type your bibliographic data into the form and the site generates a citation in the format requested. It will also correctly sort and alphabetize your list when you collect and store more then one citation.
Some citation generators display the citation on the screen, but don't save the citation. Other sites offer citation management services, such as saving your citations, organizing your paper, notecards, and outline, and also may help to organize and understand citation building as you perform your research.
Remember - you are always responsible for the accuracy of your citations. Citation generators are convenient to use, but may not always be 100% accurate. Also remember that the citation and the Works Cited/References list you create is only as accurate as the data you input! ("garbage in, garbage out")
Please don't hesitate to ask one of the librarians if you need help with citing your sources.
You can make quick citations and manage them online using EasyBib.
You can register an account with EasyBib to have access to many citation styles such as MLA, APA, etc. Please note that the EasyBib Academic edition that Oakton supports will no longer be available after July 15, 2018. You should switch to NoodleTools or other generators before then. After July 15, 2018 all current accounts will be downgraded to a free account that only supports MLA style.
Always check the citations to make sure they are correct.
(16 Nov. 2011). YouTube. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wYEZ6rqnSw, (APA Citation Style)
Click the EasyBib sign up link to start your subscription to EasyBib for all of the citation styles - APA, Chicago Style and MLA.
To create a new project (bibliography):
Once you have created a bibliography, you can: Print as a Word doc (under ‘Export’), analyze, e-mail, or share with group members.
If you have questions on EasyBib, please ask a librarian for assistance.
Click below to find hints and directions for sending citations from the Oakton Library databases directly to EasyBib.
KnightCite is a citation generator created and sponsored by the Hekman Library at Calvin College.
You can enter the information about your sources and create APA, MLA, and Chicago Style citations. You don't have to register for the free KnightCite citation generator, but you do get some extra free features if you sign up.
Citation Machine will help you create citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago Style. You can also create title pages in each style.
Click Citation Machine to use their website and the citation generator. Either search for your book, article, website or other source and automatically generate a citation or choose to enter each part of the citation and click to create the proper format.