Citation Management Tools

This guide will present tools to help with managing your sources as you research.

Freely available Citation Tools

There are many tools available on the web. Below are links to some that we have found. They are handy for quickly formatting citations in the three major styles, MLA, APA, and Chicago. Most do not allow the saving of citations, but require copying and pasting formatted citations into your word document. Please use caution and make sure to check the formats and styles against any style manuals or other resources to ensure proper formatting.


Free to allKnightCite:  This tool was developed at Calvin College. Allows for creation of single citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian styles.

Free to allNoodleTools: Allows for creation of single citations and brief bibliographies in APA, MLA, and Chicago styles for free. More features are available for a fee with the Premium edition.

Free to allEasyBib:  MLA formatting is free on this site. APA and Chicago styles require a subscription. EasyBib allows you to search for a resource from within the site.

Open to all Citation Machine: A free tool (owned by Chegg) developed to help students format in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. Can also search for resources within the site and can create a bibliography.


Why Cite?

When you use other authors' ideas and words in your own writing, it is important to credit them - even if you do not quote their words exactly as written.

Citing your sources allows your reader to identify the works you have consulted and to understand the breadth and scope of your research. Footnotes, endnotes, and lists of work consulted provide substantiation for your own findings and ideas.

Practicing "cite as you write" and keeping track of ideas and quotations that you use in your own writing helps you to avoid plagiarism or charges of research misconduct.

Citation Helpers

A number of library databases offer "Cite" tools that will automatically format a citation for you in a number of styles. These tools can be helpful if you have just a few items to cite in your paper.

Look for buttons or links to help generate your citation.

Examples:    Examples of Cite buttons from databases

We encourage you to double-check these computer generated citations against your style manual.

Export from RefWorks into EndNote Basic

Exporting from Legacy RefWorks

  1. In RefWorks, click into the folder you want to export, and go to References > Export.
  2. Choose the type for Bibliographic Software (EndNote... etc.)
  3. Save the resulting file - it may have a txt or ris extension.


Exporting from New RefWorks

  1. Go to the folder you want to export.
  2. In the upper menu bar, choose Share.
  3. Choose Export References and RIS format.
  4. Save the resulting file - it may have a txt or ris extension.


Importing into EndNote Basic

  1. In Endnote Basic, go to Collect, then to Import References.
  2. Choose the file (ris or txt extension) and RefMan RIS as the Import Option.
  3. You may enter an already existing group to bring your records into, or may select New Group to name a new group to perhaps match the name of the folder from RefWorks.