If you’re building a website, writing an online article, or doing something else that requires the need to cite a resource, you’re also probably looking for a way to automate that. Gone are the days where you have to look through an antiquated style manual and try to figure out. In the modern, Internet-oriented times we live in, there are various websites that allow you to be able create citations with ease. Listed below is Instructify’s list of of the five best bibliography and citations applications around.
This is by far, the best citation website out there. It’s not only the best, but it’s also the easiest. BibMe lets you search by ISBN, author, and title. You can format your own citation for books, journals, periodicals, websites, whatever you need. It has an autofill function to save time, and works with most common formations such as MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style, etc. and other various styles.
2) Citation Machine
You can’t search by ISBN on this citation application, but you can do just about everything else. Citation Machine has almost all of the features that BibMe has with a great user interface. It’s free, simple, straightforward, and hard to beat.
This citation application isn’t entirely free, unless you’re doing MLA citations, but it’s still definitely worth it. If you’re using a different type of style guide, then you may have to pay in order to use it. Otherwise, it’s quite similar to the other citation applications on this list.
OttoBib works best for books, and that’s why it takes the ISBN as input to get started with a citation. If you’re looking to cite something that isn’t a book or you don’t have the ISBN, it may be a good idea to find a different tool. However, if you’re citing a book and you have the ISBN, this tool can be quite helpful.
This is an excellent application for quickly citing websites and books, newspapers, journals, and more. It’s simple and intuitive. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but mostly everything you could want in a citing tool for the most popular media formats.