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Citation Tools: Citation Tools

Helpful Hints

Keep track of your sources as you research.

Don't forget that many databases have citation tools built in!

Write down information about your sources as you find them. Include the article title, the author, and information about the book or journal such as volume or publisher.

What should I cite?

You must cite any work that is not your own, including:

  • Text
  • Graphics
  • Photographs
  • Works of art
  • Music
  • Anything that is not considered common knowledge (something that is known by most people)

When in doubt, cite it!

An infographic stating that if you think of something yourself you do not need to cite that idea, but if you did not think of it yourself and it is common knowledge, you do not need to cite it. If it is not common knowledge and you did not think of it yourself, you do need to cite it.

Image from UCSD's Social Sciences and Humanities Library


Many professors require students to upload their papers to this site for plagiarism checks prior to submittal.

Check out these student tutorials if you are new to this process.

ZoteroBib Citation Generator

ZoteroBib is  is a free service that helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software.

To add an item to your bibliography, find it online and paste the URL into the ZoteroBib search box. You can also paste or type in an ISBN, DOI, or you can search by title.

ZoteroBib FAQ

Free Citation Tools

Cite This For Me - Chrome Extension

Available in the Chrome Web Store

Hey Chrome browser fans! To quickly and easily cite a website, add the Cite This For Me Web Citer Chrome Extension to your browser. To do this, just click on the Chrome logo above. Once the extension is added, you will see this small blue book icon in the upper right corner of the browser. 

To cite a website, simply browse to the webpage you wish to cite, then click the Cite This For Me icon to generate a correctly formatted citation. You can then copy-and-paste the citation into your assignment directly, or elect to add it to your online bibliography.

For books, journals and other sources, use the main Cite This For Me tool.