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Research Guides

APA Style Guide: Citation Generators

APA style according to the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual.

Citation Generators

Most article databases will have a link to generate a citation for selected articles. E.g.:

EBSCO databases: e.g., Education Full Textfull text icon

  • Click article title or the HTML or PDF Full Text links in the Results list 
  • Click the  Cite icon in the right panel 
  • Choose APA format
  • Copy/paste citation. Check for exact formatting and punctuation. Provided citations are not always correct.
  • While viewing the article, click the book icon in the bar above the article.

Follow these steps to get APA formatted citations from EBSCO databases:

  1. On the Article Results page click on the title of the article 
  2. On the Detailed Record page click Cite in the Tools panel to the right 
  3. Copy the APA citation

three steps of getting an auto generated citation: 1. article title 2. Cite 3. copy and paste APA citation

 Free Citation Generators 

  • Google Scholar 
    Click Cite link under article information.
  • KnightCite 
    Maintained by Calvin College, this site generates citations in MLA, APA (ed. 6 only), and Chicago formats.
  • NCSU Citation Generator 
    Citation builder maintained by North Carolina State University (APA ed. 6 only) .
  • Citation Machine 
    Uses a web form to generate citations in MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian formats.
  • WorldCat.org
    Online Citation Generator and Manager. Note Cite/Export link at top of record.
  • Zotero 
    Free Reference Management Software that must be downloaded to your computer. It allows the researcher to collect, organize, cite and collaborate on research. Also has a free, easy-to-use browser extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.