6 APA Citation Tools for Tracking Your References

Do you need a little extra help with your APA citations? Using an APA citation tool is a quick way to get your references ready in APA format. However, it is still important that you have a solid understanding of how to cite sources in APA style. If you do opt to use one of the APA citation tools, remember to carefully check each reference to ensure the accuracy of your citations.

Also, please note that some APA citation tools may still be in the process of updating to the latest guidelines found in the seventh edition of the APA publication manual.



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KnightCite is an APA citation maker from the Hekman Library at Calvin University that can be used to create a basic citation for a book in APA format. First, be sure to select APA from the "Citation Styles" menu on the left. Then complete the required fields and hit submit to receive your APA citation.



Zotero is a useful open source web browser add-on that can be utilized for a variety of research purposes, but it also makes a great APA citation machine. In addition to collecting and organizing your research, you can use the tool to create APA style citations.

Zotero is also very helpful for helping keep track of your research and sources, so you can use the tool to organize your references, cite your sources, and share what you have found.


APA Citation Wizards

APA Citation Wizards is a handy tool that offers a quick and easy way to create references for web pages, online books, and online journal articles. Make sure to double-check that the current edition of the publication manual is being used for all citation types.


Citation Machine

The Citation Machine (formerly called Landmarks Citation Machine) is a tool that allows students to create references in a variety of formats, including APA. Start by selecting the type of source you want to cite. You can fill in the information manually, or you can search for the source by name or URL. If the tool finds the source, it can gather all of the relevant information automatically. You can then select APA 7 from the menu for citation styles.


Cite This!

CiteThis! is a Firefox Add-on that can be used to make citations of online sources in APA, MLA and AMA formats. Always check your finished reference to ensure it is in correct APA 7 format.


Bibme Citation Creator

Bibme is another citation tool that automatically generates and auto-fills citations for your works cited pages. The website also offers some useful advice on why it is so important to accurately cite other sources, including the fact that establishing your sources will actually strengthen your own paper.

The site also allows students to either search for sources or add them on their own. You can also save your bibliography and add to it as you do more research. Finally, you can then easily download your references in APA format or even save them in MLA, Chicago, or Turabian formats.

A Word From Verywell

Using a citation maker can be very helpful as you prepare your APA format sources, but they are no substitute for a solid understanding of the basics of APA style. These tools are often best used as a quick way to create references that you can then double-check before you complete your assignment. 

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