Would they help me correctly & easily format my references?
Online citation generators will help you correctly format your references. With some sites you need to enter all the resource details (i.e. author, title, date, etc.). However, on the better sites, the title or ISBN alone will bring up a pre-stored citation. Online citation generators are particularly useful when it comes to citing unusual items such as blogs and interviews.
While these are excellent tools, YOU are responsible for checking the accuracy of the citations.
Use the referencing style requested by your teacher - Harvard, APA or IEEE. For APA use the 6th edition if you can't find the 7th edition
Check and edit the generated bibliography for errors. Pay special attention to personal names, capitalization, and dates.
Adjust the generators’ results to match those in the BHI Harvard, APA or IEEE LibGuides. The APA 7th edition should be followed.
Below is a citation generator that Box Hill Institute library staff have found useful. It
Is free. It does not require any downloading
Will store your bibliography details allowing you to retrieve them and add to them at a later date
Will create In-text citations
Can generate results in Harvard, APA & IEEE referencing styles. However BHI Harvard & IEEE will be slightly different requiring you to modify the results. However the software generates in APA (6th edition) but Box Hill Institute used APA (7th edition). Refer to the BHI APA (7th edition) as significant changes will be required
Allows barcode scanning by smartphones
Here are two other assistants that can be used to create Reference Lists:
Microsoft Word – The top toolbar has a tab called “References”. Click for instructions.
BHI Discovery catalogue – The catalogue will provide you with a citation to paste into your document. Once you have found an item, select ‘Cite’ from the options at the right. EBSCOhost has a video tutorial of how to cite one document. It also explains how to use a ‘folder’ to do multiple citations. There is no IEEE citation but you can create your IEEE reference from the contents given for Harvard.