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While the library building is closed until further notice, the Library's online services and resources continue to be available to Northwestern students, faculty, and staff.

Please see this Guide to Essential Services & Resources for more information.

Library DIY

I need a tool to generate quick citations.

Citation generators allow you to enter your source's bibliographic information (such as title and author for a journal article, web page, or book) in order to produce a citation in your selected format.

Note: Check the citations generated through these tools, as they can make errors. Citation style guides are available here

Here is a selected list of citation generators:

BibME

  • Generate citations and bibliographic references for MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago styles.
  • Look up your reference by URL, title, or ISBN. 
  • Create a free account and save your references for future use.

Citation Machine

  • Create citations and bibliographic references for MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago styles.

EasyBib

  • Create citations and bibliographic references for MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago styles.
  • Look up sources by URL, title, and ISBN.

KnightCite

  • Create citations and bibliographic references for MLA, APA, Turabian, and Chicago styles.
  • Create citations for multiple source formats (e.g. multimedia, radio program, film).

Some library databases have built-in citation generators that allow you to click on a "Cite" button to get a citation for that article or book.