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Noodletools, EasyBib, Refworks… What’s out there?

Here at EasyBib, our main goal is to provide you with fabulous tools to use for citing any of your sources. We’re not the only game in town, and we wanted to give our readers a quick rundown on some of the other citation generators that are available along with their features.

Noodletools – Noodletools is a citation generator that allows users to cite one or two sources in MLA, APA or Chicago. You can create a full bibliography and notecards with a Noodletools subscription. Noodletools also has several features to help improve students’ information literacy and research skills and help them create accurate citations.

Citelighter – Citelighter is a fairly new citation generator and requires users to sign up and download a toolbar to Chrome, Firefox, or Safari in order to use their citation tools. Citelighter enables students to highlight direct quotes from a web page; these highlighted quotes and citations are then stored in the user’s project page. IMG_0793

RefWorks – RefWorks is an online research platform that gives users a place to store their notes and citations for a particular project. They offer thousands of different citation styles and enable you to manage your sources and cite directly from websites and databases. If your school does not have a subscription to RefWorks, new users may check it out with a free 30-day trial. RefWorks also recently introduced a new platform, RefWorks Flow, which is free to researchers not associated with a subscribing institution.

Zotero – After creating a free account on Zotero, users download the application to their computer or add the Firefox extension. While browsing on the Internet for information, users can add specific articles or pages to their Zotero library by clicking the add-on that is installed into the address bar. If a user wants to cite a printed book, they can search for the book on a vendor’s site, such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon, and Zotero will pull the information about that specific source into your citation library.

BibMe – is a free automatic citation creator that supports MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian formatting. BibMe can auto-cite many resources for users. If users prefer, they can enter their citation information manually. While BibMe allows users to cite their sources in all four styles, BibMe does not offer a place to store and organize research notes and outlines.

Citation Machine – Citation Machine is a free service that allows users to manually cite their sources in all four styles. Citation Machine provides clear instructions on how to locate and input data to create citations. After a citation is created, users can copy and paste their citations into another program. There isn’t an option to log in or create an account, so users are unable to save and store any citations or research notes.

EasyBib – With EasyBib, you have the ability to cite 59 different source types for free in MLA style. To create your citations, simply type in the title of your book, website, movie, etc., and your citation is generated for you! After easily creating your bibliography, you have the ability to email or export the list to Word, Google Docs, or SkyDrive. When using School Edition you can create notecards and outlines and cite in APA and Chicago styles. Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more about School Edition!

With many different citation generators available, we hope that you find one that meets your research needs!



Michele Kirschenbaum is an information literacy librarian for EasyBib and ResearchReady. You can find her on Twitter, @Michele_EasyBib, or posting news you can use at the EasyBib Librarians Facebook page.