Writing Tip Wednesday: Citation Tools

Written by on May 29, 2013 in Writing Tips - Leave a Comment

Working on a book or paper that requires a lot of citations? Take a look at a few cool applications that can make your life a whole lot easier!


Zotero – Ideal for people doing web research, this app allows you to add things to your working bibliography with a single click. Whether you’re searching JSTOR, working with news sites, or cataloging images, you’ll be able to track all your research for easy citation with Zotero. 

EasyBib – This automatically creates and formats MLA, APA, and Chicago bibliographies. Only MLA format is free, though, so if you’re working with APA or Chicago, you’ll have to pay for the service.

Endnote – It’s got a hefty pricetag, but – especially for dissertation students – Endnote’s suite of capabilities in a worthy investment. Not only does is sync across platforms, giving you the freedom to work easily from your laptop, tablet, and PC, it can pull content from PubMed directly. If you’re interested, check out the free trial!

CitationMachine – This nifty web app allows you to search for citation styles based on type of media. You select, plug in the details, and it generates the citation for you! It also gives you the option look up books by ISBN. Best of all, it’s free!

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