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Citation Management Tools: Citation Generators

Content created by University of Manitoba Libraries. Reused and adapted here with their kind permission.

What are Citation Generators?

Citation Generators can create citations in some of the more common citation styles like MLA, APA or Chicago styles.

If you do not need to cite very many resources, you might want to use one of the following citation generators rather than learning how to use a citation manager like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote.

You should always check to make sure that the generated citation matches the requirements of the style used.

Use the information generated as a starting point for your citation only. You need to check all parts of the citation including author names, capitalisation, journal names (and journal abbreviations if necessary) and punctuation.


Online Citation Generators

These generators include many different citation styles and can help you cite journals, books or websites. There are many citation generators. Some features are available for free; advanced features may require a subscription. Below is a list of some Citation Generator tools.

Creating Citations from Databases

Many library databases offer the option for you to automatically create a citation for a source after you have performed a search in the library databases. The links below show some examples of these.

MultiSearch & EBSCOHost Databases

  • Click on the title link to display the full record.
  • On the right hand side menu click on Cite.
  • Choose a citation format
  • View the tutorial below to find out more


ProQuest Databases

  • Having performed a search, select a result and click on the Cite tool.
  • A citation in the supported styles available from the pull-down menu will appear.
  • The databases included in the ProQuest system can generate citations in several different styles including APA, MLA, Harvard and Vancouver.
  • Remember to always check for accuracy.




Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar can generate citations for MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard and Vancouver styles.
  • Click on the Cite link underneath a result
  • Copy and paste a formatted citation into your document