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Materials Science

Citation Generators

These sites generate citations based on information users provide about their sources. Citations generated automatically may not be perfectly formatted, so remember to check your work.

  • ZoteroBib

    Automatically generates citations in over 9,000 styles, including specific journal citation styles

  • Citefast

    Creates citations in the APA, MLA, and Chicago styles

Style Guides

  • Purdue OWL

    Purdue's Online Writing Lab provides a guide to using the APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles. It includes examples of citations as well as sample papers.

  • Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.
    Reference Desk LB2369 .U6
    Style manual developed by the University of Chicago Press

  • IEEE Citation Reference

    Provides basic examples of the IEEE style. For more examples, use the IEEE Editorial Style Manual; information about the citation style starts on page 34.

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 9th ed.
    Reference LB2369 .G53 2009
    Official style manual of the Modern Language Association

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.
    Reference BF76.7 .P83 2010
    Official manual for the APA citation style

  • Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 7th ed.
    Reference T11 .S386 2006
    Style manual for the Council of Science Editors

Choosing a Citation Style

Check with your professor/advisor to find out which citation style is preferred for your research. Commonly-used styles include:

  • APA
  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • IEEE
  • CSE

When citing your research:

  • use a clear format;
  • be consistent;
  • provide enough information to allow others to identify and find the cited work.

Some databases can generate citations for users after they select a preferred citation style. If you are using one of these databases, be aware that they do not always produce correctly formatted citations. You will have to double-check the citations to make sure they are formatted appropriately.