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Citation Guide

Get help on all citation formats!

About Citation Tools

Citation tools can help you with many aspects of a writing a paper, including:

  • Creating and formatting full citations for your works cited or references page.
  • Formatting the list of works cited/references.
  • Keeping track of your sources.
  • Taking notes about your sources.

Different tools can do different things, from the citation generators in library databases (which just create a draft citation that you likely need to edit and reformat) to full-service apps like NoodleTools, Academic Writer, and Zotero, which can help you save your sources, create citations, take notes about each source, and format your list of references. 

Use this page to find a tool that works for you. If you have questions about selecting or using any of these tools, ask a librarian for assistance!

Citation Management in the Databases

What citation tools are in databases?

In most databases, and the library's Discovery search, you can find a "cite" tool on the record page for an article, ebook, or video you are consulting. This lets you quickly create a draft citation for your works cited or references page. 

In some databases, you can also make an account and save sources in folders within that database. Use the following resources to learn more, or ask a librarian.

Instructions for EBSCO Accounts

Instructions for ProQuest Accounts

Academic Writer

Getting Started With Academic Writer

Learn about the three centers in Academic Writer and their key features.

Academic Writer

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Google Docs Citation Tool

Google Docs has a built-in citation tool, that can help you create in-text and full citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago. Learn how to use the Google Docs citation tool in this 1-minute video!


Zotero App & Browser Extension

ZoteroBib - Online Citation Generator

ZoteroBib is a free service that helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software, in MLA, APA, or Chicago. It’s brought to you by the team behind Zotero, the powerful open-source research tool recommended by thousands of universities worldwide, so you can trust it to help you seamlessly add sources and produce bibliographies.