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Combined APA and MLA Citation Guide

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Free Citation Generators

Here are a few free citation generators you can use to help create your Works Cited page. Remember that the definitive place to go for MLA citation help is the MLA Handbook (8th edition) which is available at the Reference Desk.

  • GoogleDocs-EasyBib Add On
    Good news if you use GoogleDocs to write your papers! This is an excellent tool that not only creates citations for you but also formats your paper with margins, spacing, hanging indents and puts citations in alphabetical order. Here are some directions on how to use the EasyBib add on in GoogleDocs.
  • BibMe
    BibMe is a free citation generator that produces citations and bibliographies in APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian styles.
  • Citation Machine
    Citation Machine is a free site that automatically produces MLA, APA, Turabian or Chicago style citations for a variety of sources (but not bibliographies). Users can copy and paste citations into Word.
  • EasyBib
    Allows you to choose from 59 different types of sources for MLA, APA & Chicago style citations.
  • KnightCite
    KnightCite  automatically produces MLA, APA, or Chicago style citations for 28 types of sources.
    From the Hekman Library at Calvin College.
  • NoodleTools (Highly Recommended)
    Allows users to create individual citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian styles that can be copied and pasted into a document. IOS andAndroid apps available that scan a book’s ISBN or lets users search by author/title, then generates a citation that can be saved to NoodleBib accoun