What tools can help me format citations and keep track of my sources?
Citation generators automatically generate or format citations based on information you provide. Reference managers are applications that help you keep track of your sources, make notes about them, and even connect with other scholars—as well as format citations.
Citation generators and reference managers can save you time and help keep your sources organized. But all citation generators and reference managers are only as good as the information you enter—if you enter incorrect, incomplete, or misplaced information, the citations generated from that information will not be correct. Therefore, it’s important to understand the citation style you are using (such as MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE) so you can proofread generated citations carefully.
Interested in using a citation generator or reference manager? In this chart, we’ve compared several popular tools to help you decide which one to use.