Oxford Style Bibliography Generator


Effective October 20, 2015

If you need a truly free citation generator, you have come to the right website. Just follow these simple steps:


  1. Select the type of souce you want to cite, for example a scientific journal article
  2. Fill out the form with the necessary bibliographic data (fill out manually)
  3. Click on "Create Citation" and choose MLA, APA or Chicago/Turabian citation style
  4. View the suggestions, with the option to export them to Word (in rtf format)

Three of the most common citation systems available are used on this website, namely APA (a parenthesis systems), MLA (another parenthesis systems), and Chicago/Turabian notes style (a note system), and the aim is to always follow the latest versions of these systems. This website is thus a fully functional and totally free APA citation generator, citation generator MLA, Chicago style citation generator and Turabian style citation generator. Parenthesis systems, such as MLA and APA, are sometimes refered to as Harvard referencing, and note systems, such as Chicago/Turabian notes style, are sometimes refered to as Oxford referencing.

APA is used in the social sciences, for example psychology and education. It too consists of a short parenthetical citation in the text and a complete citation in the bibliography. However, unlike MLA, the citation in the text contains the publication year: “(Smith, 2011)”. That is what is suggested on this website. Sometimes the page number is added, for example when there is a direct quote from the source. In this example, the quote is found on page 28 in the source: “(Smith, 2011, 28)”. You will have to add that page number by hand in your manuscript, should it be needed.


MLA is used in the humanities, for example language and literature. It consists of a short parenthetical citation in the text and a complete citation in the bibliography at the end of the manuscript. What makes MLA special is that is uses very little information in the text to maintain the flow for the reader. Then, all the necessary data is in the bibliography, or works cited as it is often called. A citation in the text may be just the author’s name "(Smith)", and that is what is suggested on this website. However, it is important for you to remember that an in text citation may also be the name and the page number: “(Smith 126)”, or, if you mention author’s name in the text, just the page number, for example: “Smith has discussed this (126)”.


Chicago/Turabian notes style is also used in the humanities, for example in history. The thing that separates this style from the two other is the fact that just a footnote/endnote number is inserted in the running text. This superscript number then refers to either a footnote or an endnote where the reference is given, and the reference is also given in a bibliography at the end of the manuscript. In addition, there are two versions of Chicago/Turabian style: the Chicago style with footnotes/endnotes and a bibliography described above (Chicago/Turabian notes style), and the Chicago style with parenthetical notations in text and a bibliography (Chicago/Turabian parenthetical style). Only the former is used on this website.

This bibliography generator only provides suggestions on how to write in-text citations and citations in the bibliography. Always consult a good style guide for further advice on how to properly cite a source in your essay, article manuscript or similar. Style guides for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian styles can be found on Amazon, for example. Thomas Kane's The New Oxford Guide to Writing, a popular guide, has helped me improve my writing skills. Kane's book is of great value to any student, academic writer, or researcher regardless of what citation style is used.


This citation website builds on extensive experience from writing academic documents and supervising students, where proper citations is a must. I started developing this website to help students with their essays. As it grew, I understood that it could be used by others and that made me develop and enhance the site even further. Today, I hope that it is of some benefit to pupils, students, and professionals globally who are writing essays, article manuscripts, and similar documents.


If you do not know what type of generator you need (APA works cited generator, APA style bibliography generator, APA citation generator, works citation generator or whatever you think you need)or if you are not sure of how to cite a specific source, talk to your teacher, supervisor, project leader, and/or editor, or seek advice from experienced friends, colleagues or others. I am afraid that I cannot help you with those types of specific questions, so please do not send requests to me about what system is the best for your manuscript or how to cite a certain source. Respectfully, I argue that it is a decision that you, as the author of your manuscript, will have to make for yourself. Once you have made that decision, you are more than welcome back to howtowritecitations.com and hopefully it will continue to deliver suggestions on how you may write your citations.


Good luck with your citations!


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Using citation tools is necessary. Here’s a rating of the top 25 best free online citation generators.

1. Son of Citation Machine

Along with MLA, APA, and Chicago, this citation generator is compatible with at least 10 other popular academic citation styles.
Access: free; subscription plan for extra features (save unlimited bibliographies and check for plagiarism); registration needed to download a citation in Word or switch format
Functionality: search by title, author, ISBN; the tool fills in the authors’ names and title of the book, while the year and location of publication need to be filled in manually
Extra Features: creating parenthetical citations, checking paper for plagiarism and grammar errors
2. BibMe.org

This citation tool is very similar to Son of Citation Machine in its functionality and features. The two tools have similar forms and even pop-up windows.
Access: free; subscription plan for extra features
Functionality: search by title, author, ISBN
Extra Features: bibliography and parenthetical citations, grammar and plagiarism check
3. EasyBib

This citation tool has only limited free access. You can make free citations only in MLA style. The advantage of this citation generator is that it fills in more details than other tools (including the year of publication and publishing company).
Access: free citations without registration only in MLA style
Functionality: search by title, author, ISBN
Extra Features: APA, Chicago, and about 100 other citation styles are available for pro accounts only
4. CiteFast

This tool creates citations in the latest editions of APA, MLA, and Chicago.
Access: free access; registration needed only to see history of your citations
Functionality: search by title, author, ISBN
Extra Features: you can easily copy and paste your citations, export them in Word, and even keep them for 4 days in your account. Even if you have no account, the site will still show you your previous searches when you get back to it.
5. Cite This for Me

This tool has an easy-to-use design, which is similar to that of a Microsoft Word document. It creates citations for all citation styles imaginable.
Access: basic version is free; premium account ($15 per month) can be used for extra features
Functionality: different resource types; search by title, author, ISBN; export of bibliography or sharing it with a group
Extra Features: pro features include checking for plagiarism, downloading the tool as an add-on, and creating several bibliographies at the same time.
6. RefDot

RefDot is a free Chrome extension that can be used for quick online research. To get a reference, simply search for the book you need on Amazon. In the upper right-hand corner, you’ll see a button that will automatically cite a resource. Otherwise, you can manually input the citation details.
Access: a free Chrome extension
Functionality: creates citations in Chicago style only
Extra Features: free export and storage of references, alphabetical order of citations
7. ETurabian

This tool makes citations in Turabian, MLA, and APA and requires manual entry of data, but it’s a great way to create bibliography and footnotes.
Access: free
Functionality: manual entry of details, auto-formatting
Extra Features: using online dissertation catalogues, exporting and sharing bibliographies
8. MickSchroeder

Mick Schroeder is an Informatics Pharmacist from Philadelphia. He has kindly shared his invention with everyone on the web. It takes just a few seconds for this tool to create a perfectly formatted AMA style citation.
Access: free; available as a Google Chrome extension
Functionality: search by Pubmed ID (recommended), DOI name, ISBN, URL; no manual entry of details needed
Extra Features: automatic generation of citations from any web page
9. RefMe

This tool does a great job formatting citations in more than 7,500 citation styles.
Access: free; sign-up with Facebook is required
Functionality: search by author, title, ISBN, URL
Extra Features: import and export of citations
10. KnightCite

This tool creates citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago.
Access: free
Functionality: manual entry of data; a variety of resource types
Extra Features: copy paste citations, save and edit previously saved citations
11. WorksCited4U

This tool creates quick citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago.
Access: free
Functionality: manual entry of data only
Extra Features: n/a
12. NoodleTools

NoodleTools offers helpful software for academic writing, including note-taking and citation tools. Citation maker is applicable for APA, MLA, and Chicago.
Access: citations are free; extra payment for additional features (notecards, collaboration, and sharing features)
Functionality: manual entry
Extra Features: a premium account allows using note-taking tools and getting expert help
13. APA Citation Maker

This tool cites sources only in APA style, but if you need a quick citation in this style, it’s a great choice.
Access: free
Functionality: manual entry
Extra Features: sorting citations, checking format, saving them as a Word document or a Google doc
14. CiteMaker

CiteMaker generates citations in MLA, APA, Harvard, and Oxford.
Access: free; registration for saving a bibliography for 30 days
Functionality: manual entry
Extra Features: in-text citations and bibliography entries
15. CitationBuilder

Citation Builder specializes in citing sources in MLA, APA, and Chicago.
Access: free
Functionality: manual entry
Extra Features: entries can be easily copied and pasted from the pop-up window
16. Citation Creation

This tool generates simple and quick citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.
Access: free; no registration
Functionality: manual entry
Extra Features: creating citation lists
17. ResearchoMatic

ResearchoMatic is great for citing sources in all major citation styles, including IEEE, MLA, APA, Chicago, and Vancouver.
Access: free; registration necessary
Functionality: manual entry of details
Extra Features: sharing your findings with others
18. ClassTools.net

The main advantage of this tool is that it not only helps you make citations but also helps you research. There’s no need to input all the resource details. All you need to do is do a search by keywords, title, or author or search by URL and you will get formatted citations with links to resources.
Access: free
Functionality: search by keywords, title, URL
Extra Features: online research
19. AcademicHelp.net

This free citation generator focuses on MLA, APA, and Chicago format.
Access: free
Functionality: manual entry
Extra Features: copy and paste the received citation
20. WritingHouse

WritingHouse offers a quick and easy way to generate citations, which are generated automatically as soon as you enter a title, keywords, or just the URL of your resource.
Access: free
Functionality: search by title, author, ISBN, and automatic generation of citations
Extra Features: adding citations to bibliographies
21. CitationProducer

This tool makes citations in MLA and APA styles.
Access: free
Functionality: manual entry of data
Extra Features: copying and pasting resources
22. Biomedical Citation Maker

This citation generator is great for research and using citations on websites.
Access: free
Functionality: search by PMID, DOI, NCT
Extra Features: help with using the numerical findings of a study
23. Ultrasound of the Week

This citation generator is great for making citations in AMA style.
Access: free
Functionality: search by DOI, PMID, URL
Extra Features: HTML and plain text
24. Make Citation

This tool specializes in MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian, and IEEE.
Access: free
Functionality: manual entry
Extra Features: n/a
25. Zotero

Zotero is a free browser extension or a Word add-on that allows creating citations without leaving your browser or a Word document.
Access: free
Functionality: automatically generates a citation
Extra Features: saving and sharing the resources you find

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