Citation Builders – OHIO University Libraries

Style Builders are websites which allow you to fill in blanks with information for a reference, then click a button and see the citation formatted in APA, MLA or other style, which you can then copy and paste into your list of sources. While these sites are undeniably handy and convenient, it is still up to you to be sure to enter the full and complete information and to verify that the resulting citation is indeed in the proper format.

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  • If you want to create a quick citation in proper format, you can use the Citation Builder page from North Carolina State University.  It covers only a limited number of kinds of information sources, and produces citations in APA and MLA formats.
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  • Citation Machine is an alternative to Citation Builder (above). Besides APA and MLA formats, it also includes the University of Chicago style as well as that of Turabian. It provides “citation building” for several more types of sources (e.g., newspaper articles or online encyclopedias) than Citation Builder.
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  • KnightCite, from Calvin College, covers many more types of sources than the other two, above, including multimedia, personal interviews, and others. It produces citations in APA, Chicago, and MLA styles.

“Built-in” Citation Builders

Two database systems, Ebsco and the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC), provide self-contained tools for producing citations for the items you are viewing.

ArticlesPlus and EBSCOhost Databases

Sample Ebscohost recordWhen viewing the full record for an article, click on the Cite icon.
Sample Ebscohost citation





There are several additional options, including APA, which you can see by scrolling down. Just copy and paste the citation into your paper.
Please note: the citations are automatically generated and occasionally may contains errors. Be sure to check with the APA Style Manual for accuracy.




OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC)

Choose the appropriate “Format/export” style, and click the Go button. On the right is an example of what you will get.

OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center citation menuOhioLINK Electronic Journal Center sample citation