Citation Managers can be helpful in generating the citation for sources used in research, although students must still verify that the citations created are correct. Many citation managers are available (see this chart for a comprehensive listing). Some are free and some have subscription fees; some are web-based and some work better when downloaded onto your personal computer. See the listings below for some of our favorites.
Microsoft Word References
Microsoft Word offers the ability to create citations using the options under the "References" tab. There are online guides and tutorials that show how to use this option. Here are two to get you started:
Google Docs has a citation function within the Tools menu. The two videos below describe how to use this tool to track and cite sources within your Google Doc. Similar to the Microsoft Word References tool, it is not a standalone citation generator, but embedded within a Google document.
EasyBib is a very popular citation manager. It is free to use for MLA style. Be sure to follow on-screen directions and start by choosing the closest match for the type of material you want to cite (article, book, online book, etc.) Although popular, this citation generator is not even close to perfect. It often makes mistakes, especially for websites and online articles.
The same instructions as given for EasyBib also apply here. Start by selecting the type of materials you are citing and follow the on-screen directions. The same caution also applies: don't trust the citation this utility gives to you, but check it carefully against your citation guide and make any needed adjustments. Free for MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian styles.
Each of these services varies, but each offers a synced online and desktop service, features that help organize large numbers of citations, and stores versions of web pages and articles for later reference. They are much more robust than the web-based services listed above.