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Citation Tools: Citation Generators

Disclaimer

DISCLAIMER:

Remember that YOU are responsible for the accuracy of your APA citations.  Citation generators can help with the process, but you will need to enter details correctly, review and revise generated citations.

Mobile Citation Apps

There are many free or inexpensive mobile apps available for generating citations.  Many of these do not work well and produce citations with errors.  Try out several before you have a deadline so that you know which one works best for you.  Be sure to evaluate carefully based on correct APA citation and reference list formatting rules.  

Citation Generators

Here is a list of several free citation generators that have been evaluated by the librarians at Bryan College of Health Sciences.  Several other generators were excluded from this list because of cost, the degree of errors produced and lack of support of APA format.  If you have tried other products and would like to recommend that they be added to this list, feel free to contact the Library!

Knight Cite (www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/?standard=APA) is produced and maintained by the Hekman Library at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI).  It is a free site that produces APA style citations for 28 types of sources.  Knight Cite can be used without login; however, if you want to store citation details a free registration is available.  Citation details must be manually entered.  An APA Reference list can be exported to Word; in-text citations are not available.

All EBSCO databases (available through the Bryan College Library homepage) have a "Cite" option for each citation.  For each article you will use in your paper or project: click on the article title to display the full details; on the right of the screen, under "Tools" click "Cite" and scroll to the APA format.  Copy and paste the citation into your reference list; in-text citations are not available.  

Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) has a "Cite" option for each citation.  For each article you will use in your paper or project: click on "Cite" under each citation and select the APA format.  Copy and paste the citation into your reference list; in-text citations are not available.  

NoodleTools Express (http://www.noodletools.com/logon/signin) is a free product that quickly generates formatted citations.  You need to manually enter citation details -- a good feature is that NoodleTools Express gives prompts if you are entering details incorrectly (for example if you have capitalization errors in your manual entry).  NoodleTools Express generates both in-text parenthetical citations and reference list entries.  Copy and paste the citations into your document.  

Office Word has a citation formatting function, called "Citations & Bibliography,"  You need to manually enter citation details.  Word will insert in-text citations and will generate a Reference list.  The accuracy of the APA formatting will depend on the accuracy with which you input the citation details.  

Comparison Chart for Citation Generators

 

KnightCite

EBSCO

Google Scholar

Noodle Tools Express

Office Word

URL

www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/?standard=APA
Create login to store citations.  Can be used without login

Library homepage / EBSCO database

Scholar.google. com

http://www.noodletools.com/
logon/signin

 

Use with word processors

 

Copy and paste

Copy and paste

Copy and paste

Use Word’s “Citations & Bibliography” function

APA formatting

Yes: Copy and paste formatted reference list to Word

Need to edit for accuracy.

Yes

Need to edit for accuracy.

Reference list only (no in-text)

Yes

Need to edit for accuracy.

Reference list only (no in-text)

Yes: Copy and paste formatted reference list to Word

Yes.

Ease of adding citation details

Accuracy depends on the accuracy of manual input. 

Each EBSCO reference has “Cite”

Each Google Scholar reference has “Cite”

Accuracy depends on the accuracy of manual input.  System prompts to correct errors

Accuracy depends on the accuracy of manual input.