Guest Blogger Post – Research Made Easy: Top 5 Online Citation Tools

Whether you are writing a college paper in APA, MLA or another format, there are many rules to abide by when citing sources. Luckily, there are online tools that can help you to create proper citations and bibliographies. By using the sites below, you can focus more of your time and energy on actual research and composition.


  1. BibMe – This is a fully automated, free bibliography tool. By simply entering a book’s title, author or ISBN into the search tool, BibMe will create a bibliography. You can even choose between APA, MLA, Chicago or Turabian formats.
  2. Citation Machine – This is one of the oldest citation tools on the Web and is commonly used by students and educators worldwide. Here, you can easily create proper bibliographic and in-text citations for free. It supports MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian formats.
  3. NoodleBib – This is both a note-taking software and bibliographic composer. NoodleBib is considered to be one of the most comprehensive MLA and APA citation tools. However, it is only available to paid subscribers.
  4. Citation Creation Machine – This free MLA and APA citation tool from StudentABC is user-friendly and makes Website citations particularly simple.
  5. Zotero – This open source Firefox extension allows users to collect, manage and cite references while conducting online research. The tool is integrated with your Web browser for maximum convenience.


Even the most seasoned researcher can make the odd mistake when citing references. Some standards even change from time to time, making the tools above even more valuable. A reliable bibliographic and in-text citation builder will save you time and give you more confidence in your research papers.


Heather Johnson is a freelance writer as well as a regular feature contributor for Distance, a website which helps students in getting distance learning degrees. Heather invites your writing job inquiries as well as comments and questions at her email address:


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