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Citing Sources: Free Citation Tools

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Most ORU databases include features that create citations for your selected journal articles, books, ebooks, etc., to save or copy and paste into a bibliography, works cited or reference list.   Always check the print style manual for complete citation formatting and punctuation.

Book Citation Tools

For an ORU book, use the "How do I Cite this?" link in the book record.

Library Catalog Cite Tool

If your book is not in the ORU library catalog, search and find the title in opens new, then click the Cite/Export link and choose a citation style.

WorldCat Citation Tool


Database Citation Tools

Once you have found an item in a database, look for a "cite" or "citation" link. For example, in EBSCO databases (shown below), use the Cite link under the Tools menu, then select the citation from the available formats.

EBSCO cittion tool

Free Citation Management Software on the Web

The following sites generate free citations with auto-fill mode that auto-completes and formats a citation. Several provide "Plagiarism and Grammar Check" and "Citation Guides." Manual entry modes are also available. Some offer a save option with login. Always check the citation for accuracy.

Reference Managers

opens new windowMendeley - "Free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research." Create a free account.

opens new windowZotero - A "free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources." Works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari. See the opens new windowZotero Quick Start Guide.

Compare EBSCO and ORU Graduate Theology Research & Writing Manual citation styles

View opens new windowarticle record for the example below.