Citation management tools collect, manage, and assist in the creation of accurate citations for your research sources. They are generally quite easy to use, integrate with your web browser--where you do your work--and best of all, are FREE!
Some professors may have a preference as to which citation management tool they use and may suggest one over another. But, it's often simply a case of personal preference as to which interface you prefer.
Below you will find links to RIT Library infoguides that provide abundant information about setting up and using four of these citation management tools.
There are several free, online citation generators. Some are better than others! We recommend the following:
RIT Library highly recommends the new, free, ad free site, BibGuru, and provides a helpful infoguide that will assist you in learning about its many tools.
The start of 2023 brought to the public a wave of AI related tools. Depending on how you are using these tools you might need to cite them in your research. Because many of these tools are extremely new formal citation styles like MLA and APA have not yet added guidance to their published manuals.
This is common! Citation is always evolving as new types of items emerge to cite. Both MLA and APA are actual organizations which work year round to streamline and add new items to their recommended styles. The manuals for each represent the current guidance but there is a whole process before a citation style format reaches the manual.
One step in that process is interim guidance which can usually be found on the style blogs.
For example the MLA interim guidance for citing a generative AI tool that generates text like ChatGPT or one that generates a visual image like DALL-E can be found at this link on the MLA blog.
You can also email APA at StyleExpert@apa.org to pose a question if you do not see answers on the sites above.