Free online citation tools university students shouldn’t live without
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Free online citation tools university students shouldn’t live without

Free online citation tools university students shouldn’t live without

Referencing can be the bane of any university student’s existence, which is why the rise of citation tools or apps is a welcome respite for weary co-eds. 

Whether you’re writing an essay, a report, thesis or other forms of academic writing, incorrect or incomplete referencing can mean getting a lower grade for your assignment or — in a worst-case scenario — you can find yourself guilty of inadvertent plagiarism. 

The stakes are high, which is why being able to correctly resource and cite your work is an essential skill for any university student to master. 

While learning to cite your sources is important, citation tools or apps are also a useful tool to help you cross-check your work to acknowledge the trove of information, data and research you’ve drawn upon for your assignments.

Here are some citation tools that can come in handy for just about any university student:

Citationsy

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The basic version is free, but you’ll need a premium account for a superior version. Source: Citationsy

Citationsy allows you to create citations, reference lists and bibliographies online using a variety of citation styles.

Its cloud-based model means you can access it anywhere, be it on your laptop via the Citationsy Browser extension to your phone. 

Its website notes that your citation data is saved in the cloud and backed up every 10 minutes, so you’ll never have to worry about file formats, data loss or updates.

The basic version is free, but you’ll need a premium account for a superior version.

Cite This For Me

Harvard? APA? MLA? Whichever citation style you’ll need, Cite This For Me can help you add credibility to your work to ensure you steer clear of plagiarism. 

Using it is easy. If you’re using the app’s Chrome extension, simply browse the page you wish to cite and click the “Cite This For Me” icon to generate a citation before copying and pasting it into  your online bibliography.

Its website notes that you can choose from a list of over 30 source types, so whether you’re citing a website, book, video, online image or something else, the app has you covered.

Mendeley


Mendeley isn’t just a free tool to help you generate citations and bibliographies in a whole range of journal styles. It also serves as an academic social network that allows you to share your research with others.

The platform is owned by Elsevier and has thousands of groups that can make it easy for students to discover research, follow curated bibliographies and get involved in discussions.

Zotero

Zotero supports over 9,000 citation styles, which means you can easily format your work to match any style guide or publication.

The tool allows you to instantly create references and bibliographies for any text editor, and directly inside Word, LibreOffice and Google Docs. 

Zotero allows you to organise your research any way you want, including by sorting items into collections and tag them with keywords, or by creating saved searches that automatically fill with relevant materials as you work.

You can install Zotero on Mac, Windows and Linux. 

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