WRITER BEWARE: No citation generator is perfect. You are ultimately responsible for the proper citation of sources in your papers, so you will need to check and correct any citations created with any of these tools. Think of these tools as a starting point, not a replacement for learning how to create citations yourself. See the resources on the cite your sources page to learn about various citation styles. 

Library Databases

Almost all library databases have a citation feature that will create bibliographic citations following the style of your choice, which you can then copy and paste into your bibliography or email to yourself. Look for the word "Cite" next to the record for an individual item. It usually appears somewhere on the right side of the webpage.


Warning: EasyBib EDU access expires July 15, 2018. EasyBib builds citations in most major citation styles. Click here to access the JBU EasyBib Coupon Code. This code will give you full access to EasyBib features, including APA-style citations, without having to pay for an "EasyBib Pro" subscription. For SBL style, search for "Society of Biblical Literature" in the styles menu. Many library databases support exporting citation information into EasyBib: in some databases, the link is labelled "Save," in others, it's labelled "Export." Select EasyBib from the list of options to transfer information into EasyBib.


Hekman Library at Calvin College provides this online tool to create citations in the three most popular styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago. 


Zotero is a high-powered tool for collecting, organizing, and citing your sources. A basic account is free. Zotero is especially useful for major projects like capstones or theses. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can build citations for MLA, APA, and Chicago for free. After searching for an article or a book, click on quotation mark icon underneath the entry. 

You can access JBU library resources through Google Scholar if you are on campus or you have configured your settings to show JBU holdings. See more information here.

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