Library DIY (beta)

Using citation generators

Use a Citation Generator

With a citation generator, you can produce a citation in your selected format that you can copy and paste into your paper. The Library catalog, as well as many of the library databases, has a built in citation generator, which creates a citation for the resource in various citation styles.

Select  the title of the resource in the Library catalog, then click on the Citation link to generate citations in four different styles: APA (6th edition), Chicago/Turabian (16th Edition), Harvard 1, and MLA (8th edition).

Citation Generator in the P S U Library Catalog

In Ebsco-host databases, select the Cite link on the right hand column of the web page. This link generates a citation for several citation styles.

Citation Generator in an Ebsco-Hosted Database

Google Scholar also has a built-in citation generator. Select the quotation marks underneath the record to generate a citation for several citation styles.

Citation Generator Location in Google Scholar

Make sure to check your generated citations at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). ​

Here is the video, Using Automatic Citation Generators, to review these three citation generators: