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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 9th Edition): Citation Software

Discover the ins and outs of MLA citation


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Citation Software

Citation software can go by many names: citation managers, citation generators, reference management software, bibliographic management tools, etc. While the name may vary, common elements include the collection and organization of citations. Most of the software packages also allow for the creation of works-cited or references lists. The ability to integrate with word processing software is a key feature of many of the more popular citation software.

What are citation generators?

Citation generators are tools that automatically create citations for your research materials. When using Library Search or library databases, you can select the "Cite" button, which will show you how to cite a specific work in different styles. While this feature is helpful, the citations are not always correct. Be sure to double check and edit your citations.

What are citation managers?

Citation managers not only generate citations automatically but also help you collect, organize, store and often share your research materials. Popular citation managers include free options (for example, Zotero and Mendeley) as well as subscription-based options provided by colleges and universities such as EndNote and RefWorks.

Visit the Citation Generator Quick How To for more information.

Generated Citations

Please be aware that automatically generated citations may not be accurate. It is your responsibility to double-check the results. Take the time to make the necessary corrections using the University Libraries MLA 9 Guide or the MLA Handbook.