Online Citation Generators and Managers are a good way to create citations and bibliographies. Since these programs will produce good citations only if you enter correct article and book information, it's a good idea to check the results against the appropriate Style Manual.
NOTE: Citations from databases are computer generated and should be checked against style guides or the citation guides noted above. You need to pay particular attention to personal names, capitalization, and dates to make sure they're accurate.
Most databases will automatically create citations for the article or book you are viewing:
EBSCO databases: e.g., Academic Search Premier
Generating citations from Academic Search Premier (1:59 min):
Click Cite link under article information for APA, Chicago, and MLA citations.
Online Citation Generator and Manager. Note Cite/Export link at top of record.
Citation Generators are software applications that can generate citations for your Works Cited or Reference list. However, since these programs only work well when you enter the correct information, it's advisable to check the results against the appropriate Style Manual. Here's a list of sites that have templates to create citations for journals, books, newspapers, and websites:
Free software that will generate citations and a bibliography of references in MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian citation styles.
Maintained by Calvin College, this site generates citations in MLA, APA and Chicago formats.
NCSU Citation Generator
Citation builder maintained by North Carolina State University.
Uses a web form to generate citations in MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian formats.
Citation Managers are are more sophisticated software applications that can help researchers:
The following citation managers are free but should be used with the same caution noted above for database citation generators: Check the citation for accuracy against style guides.
The Microsoft Word 2010 and 2011 References feature can manage citations, in-text citations, and generate a bibliography of sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.
Zotero is a free, open-source bibliography manager. It can function as an Add-on to Firefox and is a great tool for managing complex bibliographies. This is probably your best choice for a large research project where much of your research is done on the computer with databases, electronic books, or webpages.