There is a variety of citation generators available through the web. However, you still need to verify the formatting of the citations with the Publication Manual or Style Guide for the citation system you are using. Below are some options. Zotero, provides more functionality, than just creating source citations. See the information below and in the next tab regarding Zotero. Use citation generator tools responsibly.
Zotero is a free tool that allows you to save information about your sources, organize and cite those sources within your paper, create a bibliography in seconds, and share your research with others. (click on heading to go to site to download)
Zotero is for these circumstances:
ZoteroBib is for these circumstances:
Note: most of the instructions on the Zotero guide are for the full version of Zotero. For ZoteroBib instructions, look at the Frequently Asked Questions link below.
Zotero is much more than a citation generator. It is also a place where you can organize your research, create reading lists, and share with colleagues. Refer to the Zotero guide for information on importing citations, creating bibliographies, and more! Please feel free to contact a librarian if you have questions about setting up and/or using Zotero. The librarians will be happy to assist you!
A common misnomer is that you have to create and format source citations on your own. Many library databases (like EBSCO, JSTOR, and ProQuest) have mechanism for generating source citations. However, you will want to verify the formatting with the style you are using to ensure accuracy. No electronically generated citation will be 100% accurate. Examples below show how you can locate and create sources citations. If you have questions about how to cite sources, contact a librarian. We will be happy to assist you!
A DOI is a unique numbering system managed by the International DOI Foundation. If you're really curious you can go to the foundation website and learn all the details.
Basically, the idea is that by assigning digital objects a unique number that never changes it will be easier to find these objects on the Internet. It is similar to an ISBN number for a book that is published and an ISSN number for a periodical.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
When the American Psychological Association published its 6th edition style manual in 2009 it began requiring the use of DOI's at the end of the citation for any article published in digital format. If you are using a library database and click on the "cite" tool and view the APA style format you will see that it appears at the end of the citation..sometimes. Sometimes it won't be there.
Always check with your professor and see if he or she has a preference.