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A Guide to Good Referencing Skills: Citation Tools

Generate Citations

Use a Citation Generator

With a citation generator, you enter your source bibliographic information in order to produce a citation in your selected format that you can copy and paste into your paper. There are lots of free citation generators on the web to choose from, here is a selected list of citation generators:

Bibliographic management software (or citation management software)

  • Lets you create your own database of the references you collect while searching the literature
  • Has a plug-in to automatically format the citations in a word processor document, and produce a list of references at the end of that document formatted in the style of your choice (e.g. APA, IEEE, MLA). 
  • If you work collaboratively on projects, you can also use bibliographic managers to share your citations. 

HKUST Library subscribes to  RefWorks.  Here is a quick start guide.

There are others bibliographic management software availble on the web.

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