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Options for managing references

What is a citation generator?

If you are writing a short paper, you may not need a full reference management software application.

A citation generator can:

  • Help with the correct formatting of citations in well known basic styles, and
  • Allow references to be copied and pasted into a bibliography.

These programs are generally free of charge and do not require downloading or training. However, they:

  • Do not have advanced features seen in proprietary reference management software, and
  • Cannot be used to create in-text citations.

Accessing citation generators

  1. Database citation generators

  2. Other citation generators 

Database citation generators

Some databases display citation details for search results that you can copy and paste into your bibliography. Including

  • google scholar
  • ProQuest

Instructions  - EBSCO databases including Discovery

Results from EBSCO databases and Discovery searches provide a 'Cite' button for each item in a results list

1. Click on the title of any result to display the full details.

2. Cick the "Cite" button.

3. A window will open with the reference listed using different citation styles, such as APA, Harvard: Australian, MLA, and Vancouver/ICMJE:


Online Citation Generators