Citation formatters, A.K.A. citation generators, are programs that create citations formatted in a specific style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.). Some of them are embedded into databases, others require that you export or enter bibliographic information.
Warning: Please use the citation formatters with caution. Be sure to check the results for formatting, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and the required elements for the citation style you are using.
Some free citation formatter tools below can also generate bibliographies. More robust citation management tools are described on the Citation management tools page of this Guide.
Consult the appropriate official style manual for the definitive answer to your citation questions. For additional assistance, please contact the library reference desk in person, by phone (513-556-1424) or e-mail. You can also contact a subject librarian.
These simple tools tend to work best for basic citations of common materials, such as books. If you want to cite something more unusual, such as an interview, class lecture, or video, they may not work as well.
Google Scholar generates citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago and allows you to export citation to major citation management tools.
Academic Search Complete (and other EBSCOhost databases)
Display an article citation. Click the "Cite" icon under "Tools" to the right of the citation.
This brings up the Citation Format screen.
Alternatively you can click the "Print", "E-mail" or "Save" icon and select the format from the "Citation format" drop-down menu.
Display a report. Click "Cite Now!" and select the desired format.
ProQuest Research Library (and other ProQuest databases)
Display a citation and click the "Cite" icon.
Select the desired citation format from the drop-down menu.
In Summon you first need to save the items you want to cite to a folder. Click the icon at top right of a citation in the list to add it to the "Saved items" folder.
Click on the folder and select the desired citation format.