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Citing Sources: Manage Sources / Create Citations

Learn more about why we cite the sources we use, how to cite sources in a specific style, and strategies for avoiding plagiarism.

Managing Sources and Generating Citations (Tools)

Manage Sources

These tools store and organize your sources and are best for large or long-term research projects.

RefWorks is a web-based program that will help organize your sources and prepare bibliographies. It is free to ISU students, faculty, and staff. Compatible with most web-browsers. Word processor plug-in, Write-N-Cite works with MS Word in Windows (2010 & 2016) and Mac (2011).The add-on Reference Citation Manager works with Word 2016 for Mac and Google Docs.

EndNote Online, free to to ISU students, faculty, and staff, is a web-based service similar to RefWorks. Compatible with most web-browsers. Word processor plug-in works with MS Word in Windows and Mac. The online platform can be paired with a desktop client you install on your computer, often referred to as just EndNote.

Zotero a free, open source software; offers both a stand-alone application and browser-based tool. It is compatible with Windows, macOS, Linux 32-bit, & Linux 64-bit. Word processor plug-in works with MS Word, OpenOffice, and LibreOffice. Find out more from the Quick Start Guide.

Citavi Free allows for up to 100 references. Search for, manage, organize and cite sources.

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network owned by Elsevier. Features include automatic bibliography generation, online collaboration, and importing from other research software. The citation plug-in is compatible with Word (Windows & Mac) and LibreOffice.

Citation Generators

Handy tools to quickly create a citation for one or two sources to copy & paste - without saving the information.

Citation Machine
Citation Machine is a free site that automatically produces MLA, APA, Turabian or Chicago style citations for a variety of sources (but not bibliographies). Users can copy and paste citations into Word. It was developed by David Warlick, an educator.

DocsCite
Docscite is a free site that automatically produces MLA or APA style citations for government documents. DocsCite was developed at, and is provided by, Arizona State University Libraries.

KnightCite
KnightCite is a free site that automatically produce MLA, APA, or Chicago style citations for 25 types of sources. From the Hekman Library at Calvin College.

The APA Wizard and The MLA Wizard
This free site automatically produces MLA or APA style citations for 6 basic types of sources. There is excellent help on each screen to walk users through the processing of citing a source.

Tweet2Cite
This generator takes the tweet URL and converts it into an APA or MLA citation.

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