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Citation Tools: sub-module 4 of 4 of how to cite

Writing a citation from scratch can seem like an overwhelming task. Citation generators are tools that help create a “rough draft” of the citation. Always double check your citation that a citation generator gave you against the rules and examples in a citation guide you trust.

 

Tips

  • College ExpectationsYour college may not support your use of citation generators. Refer to your college guidelines before using any of the tools listed here.
  • Citation GeneratorsNeed to cite, but don't know where to start? Use a citation generator. Citation generators are tools that create citations based on content pulled from the URL.
  • Find the "Cite" ButtonOnline library resources have an auto citation generator built in. Look for the Cite It, or Cite button when you’re searching your library’s resources.
  • Word Processing SoftwareOnline citation tools often make little mistakes. Check your college library's citation guide to check the rules and examples, and proofread your citations carefully.
  • Proofread Your Citations""Online citation tools make mistakes. Check your college library's citation guidelines and proofread your citations carefully.

Cite Button in Library Resources

Most library resources including your library's online databases and search tools have citation buttons built in. Here are two examples of what that may look like:

Spot the Cite Button

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Cite

Look for a button with quotation marks labeled Cite in online library resources. Click to automatically create citations for sources from the library.

 
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Citation Tools

Look for a button with a word bubble labeled Citation Tools in online library resources. Click to automatically create citations for sources from the library.

 

Citation Generators

Citation generators are online tools that automatically create references with the click of a button.

Find a Citation Generator

Search for citation generators and choose from many available tools.

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