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Citation Tools and Resources

Why cite. How to cite. Where to cite.

What are Citation Tools?

Citation tools help you organize, manage and format citations and create bibliographies. With the help of citation tools, you can easily capture the bibliographic information you need for creating a citation, and format it in the citation style of your choice.

Most citation tools work with word processing software and offer a plug-in that inserts footnotes or citations into your paper and creates a bibliography for you while you write!

You can compare available citation tools here.

Supported Citation Tools

OWU librarians offer support for the following tools:

Need help with these? Contact us!

Using the Citation Tool in a Library Database

Most of the library databases have built-in citation tools.

Here's how you can generate a citation for an article in the Academic Search Complete database: 

  1. From your search results list, click on an article title. 

  2. On the article's detail page, click Cite from the Tools menu on the right-hand side.

  3. In the Citation Format pop up window, scroll down the list to find the format you need. Citations formats include APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian. 

  4. Select your format.
    1. Copy and paste your preferred citation from the list into your document. 
    2. Or, click on the Export to Bibliographic Management Software link in the lower left-hand corner of the Citation Format window if you want to pull the citation information into Zotero. 


Note: Citations generated may not be 100% correct. Pay special attention to personal names, capitalization, and dates. Check with your professor or a librarian for the appropriate citation format for your assignment.