Citation Generator by Quetext

The ultimate citation generator — fast, accurate, and now at your fingertips. Feed your sources into our referencing tool and receive them back in paper-ready citations that match your assigned style guide.

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Citation Generator

Generate MLA, APA, and Chicago Style citations instantly




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Note: Publication date is only required if the source may change over time.

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Free Citation Generator: How It Works

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Think of each citation like a small puzzle that the Citation Generator puts together for you. All you have to do is fill in the applicable fields – e.g. author’s name, publication date, webpage, page number, or any other identifier – and hit go. If you’re adding a webpage URL, Quetext will fill in most of the blanks for you!

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Review data for accuracy

Quetext automatically scans webpages for all pertinent information and attempts to populate the relevant fields. Fill in any missing fields, and be sure to keep an eye on capitalization, which your references will reflect back to you at the end.

Generate your citation in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style

Whether you’re using APA, MLA, or Chicago Style, Quetext is up to the task. It only takes one click of a button after inputting your source info, and you’ll instantly have a properly cited and formatted reference ready to add to your paper.

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Add your citation to your work

Quetext’s “click to copy” function allows you to easily paste your citations into a bibliography, reference page or works cited page with one stroke. No more hunting for the proper way to adjust references for in-text citations, either. You can also use the Citation Generator to inform the layout for any text citation, endnote, or parenthetical citation you require.

Citation Styles

Academic papers require detailed reference lists so readers can follow a trail of breadcrumbs back to original sources. Each citation style uses a different format for those breadcrumbs, which can quickly become confusing – especially if you use more than one method across different classes or settings. Allow our Citation Generator to sort out APA, MLA, and Chicago Style for you.



The MLA format takes its name from the Modern Language Association and is the style most commonly used for the humanities: language arts, history, philosophy, and literature, among others. MLA citations include footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, bibliographies, reference lists, and any other method of citing sources. All that potential formatting can go wrong, though, which makes the MLA citation generator a real friend to busy students, academics, and copywriters. Substitute hours of extra work with the MLA citation generator



APA style, from the American Psychological Association, is a frequent choice for anyone writing in the scientific arena, including both the soft or “social” sciences and the hard sciences. If you’re writing papers for psychology, sociology, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, education or related disciplines, you’ll likely use APA references frequently and will need to bookmark an APA citation generator for quick access. Quickly turn any list of references for the hard or soft sciences into an enviable source list with Quetext’s APA citation generator.


Chicago Style

Chicago Style is used frequently in a wide range of industries, from the humanities to the soft sciences; business to the fine arts. Chicago citations have been around since 1891, when the University of Chicago Press was founded. Now you can use the Chicago Style citation generator for papers, theses, magazines, and even books. At the click of your mouse, our Chicago Style citation generator will turn messy piles of erudite sources into clean, neatly formatted references that you can submit with pride.

Citation Generator FAQ

What is the purpose of a citation?

Citations serve to give credit to an original author or owner of a particular work, and provide a trail back to the original source. Citations prove that you didn’t make up or steal information, also known as plagiarism. Citations also allow other scholars and professionals to check your work or learn more about a given topic. When writing, you can use Quetext’s plagiarism checker to flag any instances that should be cited and generate that citation on the spot. You can also use the standalone Citation Generator to easily create and format your citations outside of checking for plagiarism. These properly formatted references allow others to easily validate your writing or educate themselves further on the topic at hand.

Is it OK to use a citation generator?

Absolutely! Citation generators help ensure standardization and fight plagiarism in all scholarly fields. Citation makers like Quetext’s help you turn all types of sources – journal articles, magazine articles, webpages and more – into the proper citation format for easy reading, and you certainly won’t get in trouble for using a citation generator. To put it simply, citation generators are tools that can help you create citations in a variety of formats to prevent your work from being flagged for plagiarism.

How do I create and use a citation?

Citations can be created manually or through a citation generator. Once you create your citations, you can alphabetize them and place them within text and/or at the end of the research paper. This is known as a bibliography, works cited page, or reference list, depending on the citation style.

Which citation style should I use?

Your citation style will be defined by the type of work you’re producing and whomever is assigning your work, whether that’s a professor (if you’re a student) or someone in your industry (if you’re a professional). You’re most likely to use APA format in the sciences, MLA format in the arts and humanities, and Chicago Style for naturalist writing, history, and a smattering of other fields. Whether you’re using Chicago citations, MLA citations, or APA style citations, you’ll need a citation generator to help you create properly formatted scholastic and professional references.