There are many software applications available to help you format citations and bibliographies or maintain a list of references for a research project. They may be available as:

  • Web sites or web-applications/tools
  • Network or PC-based software programs
  • Browser extensions.

If you use any of these tools, be sure to review the results carefully and compare to the recommendations of your style manual whenever in doubt. If you are writing for a class or for publication, your instructor or publisher is always the final authority to consult for determining which general style to use, as well as for determining the proper format for a specific citation.

Citation Generators & Research Management @ UNT

‚ÄčRefWorks

The UNT Libraries make this management tool freely available to UNT students, faculty, and staff. It allows you to quickly gather, categorize, and store bibliographies as well as generate citations for research papers.

  • You must set up a free account to use the software.
  • Tutorial | Additional Documentation
  • "+ Add to Refworks" Buttons are present in search results and item records in the library catalog.
  • Workshops are routinely given on both basic and advanced features.

Citation Generators

A number of subscribed and managed systems provided by the UNT Libraries can/will generate a citation for you. A few examples:

  • UNT Library Catalog: Many items within the library catalog will include a section: Cite & Share, in the left-hand column of an item's description (example). Underneath you will find both "+ Add to Refworks" & "Cite This".
  • Article Search: Our Articles Search allows you to "save items" by clicking the folder icon in the upper-right corner of a result. Saved items (bottom of the screen), will provide you with citations in APA, AMA, MLA, Uniform, Chicago/Turabian, and Harvard Styles. Citations can be e-mailed, printed, copied, or exported to RefWorks, EndNote, or BibTex.
  • Electronic Resource Subscriptions: Many databases we subscribe to offer citation generation, saving, and/or export functions.
  • UNT Digital Library: Items in the UNT Digital Libraries & Portal to Texas History will generate a simple who/what/where/when citation.

Other Generators & Management Tools

BibMe

Free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian formatting.

  • BibMe leverages external databases to quickly fill citation information for you.
  • BibMe will then format the citation information and compile a bibliography according to the guidelines of the style manuals.
  • If you prefer, you can enter your citation information manually.
  • BibMe also features a citation guide that provides students with the style manuals' guidelines for citing references.

DocsCite

A step-by-step guide to putting government publication citations into proper MLA or APA format. Use interactive templates to generate a complete citation automatically.

KnightCite

Select a citation style (APA, MLA, or Chicago) and a resource type (e.g., book, journal, musical composition) and fill in the online form to generate a properly formatted bibliographic and in-text citation.

Son of Citation Machine

Select a citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian) and a resource type (e.g., book, journal, musical composition), then fill in the online form to get a properly formatted citation.

Zotero

Free Widely Used Browser Add-on for Firefox. Also available as a standalone download with Plugins for Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari Browsers and for both Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.

  • Helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
  • The only research tool that automatically senses content, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click.
  • Collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else.
  • Automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes.
  • Documentation