A citation builder specializes in automatically generating your citations for your research paper in the APA format and the MLA format. If you are writing an essay with a long list of citations, you might find the task of citing each citation in the proper format tiresome. Furthermore, consulting citation style manuals for the proper citation mechanics for each source type can be tedious. Thus, citation builders are available to assist you in preparing your reference list or works cited page.
Most academic institutions offer citation builders in their libraries and databases, which can be valuable if you are an enrolled student. But should you opt to use those found over the internet, remember to make sure that the citation builder you are using is based on the following official citation manuals: the 6th Edition of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for the APA format, and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition, for the MLA format.
A citation builder is designed to automatically and accurately generate your citations for all the sources that you have taken from other works during your research process. While other citation tools in library databases exist to generate your sources, most of them follow rules as modified by particular university conventions. Thus, there can be discrepancies in the format of your citations. Additionally, understanding how to use these tools can require an investment of time.
This tool is an attempt to provide a simple method for users to generate citations for commonly used research sources in the APA format or the MLA format. With the citation builder, you can avoid the trouble of manual work by leaving the task to the program. Once your citation is generated, all you have to do is to copy and paste it into your reference list or works cited page at the end of your document.