Easily create APA, MLA, and Chicago style full and in-text citations in a snap. Our free Citation Generator is a fast, reliable way to make citations for your essays, presentations, and other projects.
We also provide information about citing different types of reference materials in different formats, so you can learn the skills you need to succeed and have the support of a robust tool whenever you need it.
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Do everything from finding to citing to editing a source’s citation in just a click or two. Save yourself from other citation makers that need to load page after page to create one citation—or worse, those that crash and make you start over.
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Don’t have the source on hand? Use our convenient search feature to look up the book or website sources you’re using.
Need to make a change to a citation? Add to or update the source or usage information with a couple of keystrokes or clicks.
When you create a citation, QuillBot will highlight any information that is missing or could be added for completeness.
Use your Citation List as a convenient way to navigate back to review reference materials. Find the “Open Citation Source” in the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of each citation entry.
Export your complete list of full citations to Microsoft Word, BibTeX, or CSL-JSON or by copying them to your clipboard. Adding in-text citations as you draft? (Good for you!) Easily copy each in-text citation to paste it into your draft as you work to save yourself time and energy later.
Once you create a citation, it is automatically saved to your web browser so that you can always come back and access or edit it later; no double-work necessary.
Working in MLA format but actually need to use APA? That change is just one drop-down click away. Simply choose the new style you want using the drop-down list, under Citation Style within your Citation List, and all of your citations will automatically be reformatted.
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Get 100% accurate citations for free. QuillBot's Citation Generator can quickly and easily create references for books, articles, and web pages in APA, MLA, Chicago, and many more styles.
|⚙️ Citation styles||APA, MLA, Chicago & many more|
|📚 Citation sources||Websites, books & journal articles|
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Follow the simple steps below to create, edit, and export both in-text and full citations for your source material.
Find Source Material
To cite a webpage, find and copy the website’s URL, and paste it into the left-hand search bar, making sure the source format drop-down is set to “Website”.
To cite a book, try using the left-hand search bar and the title or author information, after setting the drop-down source format to “Book”.
Locate, Create, and Edit
Once you find your source material for either type, click “Cite” for a quick-start option that will generate the full and in-text citations for you with one click.
Or, you can choose “Edit”, which will take you to the citation information, where you can update or add more information before adding the reference to your Citation List.
You also have the option to edit your citation entries once they are in your Citation List, so don’t fret if you choose the one-click citation maker option. Find the pencil in the top-right corner of each entry to re-open the editing window. Click the “Save Citation” button once you’ve finished, and the updated entry will appear in your list.
Choose Your Format
When you add your first citation to your list, check to make sure the right-side drop-down citation format menu shows the citation style you need–whether that’s APA, MLA, or Chicago style.
If you need to change the format for any reason, switching to another style in that menu will convert all of your saved citations into that specific citation style. What can we say? We value having a citation creator that can multitask.
Check for Missing Information
Once you’ve added a few citations to your list, check that no “Missing information” orange tags appear on any entries. If they do, review and remediate those to make sure your citations are complete and accurate.
Draft with In-Text Citations
As you draft your paper or essay, use the in-text citations created within each full entry in your Citation List when you mention any facts or info pulled from that source. Use the handy paper icon to copy only the information you will need for that specific type of citation.
Create & Export the Full Citation List
When you have all of your sources added and are ready to make and export your full list of citations, use the “Export All” button at the bottom of the Citation List. Easily copy the list to your clipboard or export it to MS Word to add it to the end of your paper.
QuillBot can help you create accurate citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago style citation formats.
Salinger, J. D.
The catcher in the rye.
Little, Brown and Company.
Corey, James S. A.
Corey, James S. A.
New York: Orbit US.
City of publication: Publisher