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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.

How to Cite with 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
library homepage. morgan state discovery layer is circled.


Step 2: select an item in the results list
library web search results. first result circled.


Step 3: click on Cite in the toolbar on the right (please note that the toolbar is not visible in the mobile version)
citation of search result. cite button in tool bar is circled.


Step 4: select the appropriate citation format & copy.
sample citations in different styles. MLA is circled.

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