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Citations & Plagiarism Guide: Citation Generators

Providing information about citation styles & avoiding plagiarism. Adapted with permission from the Butler University Libraries Citations Guide


Here are some useful online tools to help you create your citations.

Using Citation Generators

Many different tools exist to assist you in the process of creating a citation entry. There are advantages and challenges to working with these tools. 

Common mistakes include:

  • Selecting the wrong type of information source
  • Inputting information incorrectly or leaving information out
  • Misplaced or incorrect punctuation
  • Improper capitalization

The biggest mistake is in completely trusting a citation generator to make no errors. Make sure you closely review all citations created in this way. You'll also still want to refer to your citation style guide to learn how to format your works cited/reference page.

Citations in EBSCOhost

The EDS (EBSCO Discovery Service) search box on our homepage is the fastest and easiest way to search all our holdings, and the results even include a built-in citation generator!


Step 1: use the EDS box on the homepage to search


Step 2: select an item in the results list


Step 3: click on Cite in the toolbar on the right (please note that the toolbar is not visible in the mobile version)


Step 4: select the appropriate citation format & copy.

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