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Citation Style Guide : Citation Builders and Managers

Basic introduction into AMA, APA, Chicago, MLA and Turabian citation styles.

Citation Builders

Citation builders are programs that can help you create your citation. In most cases, you simply type in the information the program asks for (author name, title, etc) and hit the submit button. The program will create a citation for you that you can copy and paste into your document. Sometimes builders will autogenerate information for the citations. While this is very helpful, you should always double check the spelling and capitulation.


Cite This For Me
One of the most popular citation builders. Supports dozens of citation styles including ALA, MPA, Chicago, and Turabian - without having to watch ads! Does contain limited results for recommended sources that can be expanded with subscription; although, recommended citations usually work or can be expanded on without the need for subscription.


NCSU Libraries Citation Builder
Basic, straightforward citation builder from NCSU Libraries. Covers APA, MLA, and Chicago styles with no ads.


Citation Machine
Fill out a form and generate MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian citations for a variety of common publication types. Ad heavy site that requires you to watch an ad for free 48 hour access past your first citation.

Citation Managers

Citation managers are extremely useful tools for any research project. Managers allow you to save resources as you conduct research, allowing you to organize your resources and return to them at a later date. They also generate citations based on available metadata (title, author, etc) and contain plugins that import in-text citations and bibliographies directly into your papers.


Zotero is a downloadable program that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.  It allows you to store your content to view later, organize resources into groups and export bibliographies.  Zotero's Citation Plugin is compatible with Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice.


Downloadable tool that generate citations and bibliographies in a whole range of journal styles with just a few clicks. Mendeley's Citation Plugin is compatible with Word and LibreOffice.

Zotero Basics Workshop (8:34)

Alden Library at Ohio University gives an excellent introduction to installing and using Zotero.