Citations and references have significant importance in the thesis, dissertation and research paper, linking the present research with the existing one.
A thesis without citations and references is just junk, useless and plagiarised “writing” (not even a piece of content) and the same is applicable to either research paper or dissertation project.
A thesis or research article needs supporting evidence to strengthen the present work and must be discussed there to justify the research. Notedly, the information too should be unique in the sense.
So you may wonder, if we are using someone else’s work as supporting evidence, then how it’s unique!
The ‘unique’ in the sense that it must be written in your own language, with your own thoughts, in accordance with your study and with reference to the original research.
Now it becomes an authentic, plagiarism-free and unique writeup.
Every piece of information a thesis or article contains should be well-cited and plagiarism-free, it’s the first rule of doing PhD. It’s a simple process, add researchers’ names and the year in which the work was published at the end of the sentence of the paragraph and the navigation to the original article at the end.
Looks like a handy process, right!
But when it comes to citing tons of resources like 300 to 500 citations, things become complicated, styles mix-ups and eventually, it will be a mess!
Don’t know about citation styles? Do read this article: What is an in-text Citation?- APA and MLA in-text Citation.
At one point of time (when you see tones of bibs) you get confused, where to start, what to do and how to correct the bibliography. It’s a common problem for almost all PhD students because they don’t take citing and referencing seriously!
Citing means giving a credit, generating a bibliography means providing navigation; and ultimately acknowledging the original researcher(s). It’s a necessary process, every PhD candidate must understand as early as possible.
If you are confused with citations, here is the article I am writing to make you understand how you can use an external or an online tool to generate a bibliography as per your style and requirement.
How to Generate a Bibliography using Citation Generator
In this tutorial, I am going to show how you can generate your own “bibs” using one such amazing online tool, “Citation machine by Chegg”. It’s a free tool and if you like it you can purchase the premium module too. let’s start,
Navigate to the website:
Open your Google search bar and search “Chegg citation generator” or directly navigate to the website using the link: www.citationgenerator.com. You will land on the website showing in the above figure.
When you see this page click on the >”Create Citations”.
Choose your source to cite:
Now in the second step, choose your source type, whether it’s a website, book, journal or news article, other options are also available (which I have not checked!) in the “more” tab. You can explore it depending upon your source to cite.
Commonly we have Journal articles, so select the “Journal” option and click on it.
Search by title or DOI:
Now in this step, you actually have to find your research article, which you wish to cite, from tons of available resources. In the search box showing “search by title or DOI”, enter the title of the article or the DOI. The DOI is a Digital Object Identifier present in every peer-reviewed journal article.
I have selected one example for you, go to the next step.
Enter the DOI number:
Enter the DOI number in the search box, which looks like showing by the green arrow, click > search and you will get results shown in the green box if it’s your article you can go ahead. Click on “cite”.
Varify the information:
In the next step, you will get results denoting crucial information related to the journal article; which should be verified first. Check out the journal name, publication year, publication month, article title etc, information with the paper. After verifying click on “Continue”.
If not, you can go back and check out other results or re-enter the correct DOI or title.
Varify authors’ information:
You can avoid this step, but I recommend you to please go through it once, validate the authors’ information with your paper to give them fair credit.
Varify publication information
This image is another part of step 6, to verify the other information related to the article. Finally, click on “complete citation”, you can also go back to review it again. (I forget to close the notification!).
Results of citation generator:
You see the bibliography of the selected DOI or paper, go through it and verify all the information again. To use it, you can choose varied options starting from copying to export it. choose as per the requirement.
Choose the citation style:
Now, this must be something very crucial. Click on the “citation style” and choose the style your university or supervisor advises you to use. There are many different well-known options are available. Notedly APA and MLA are the two most popular. If you wish to learn more on this topic, you can read this article:
Get your bibliography:
Once you have completed style selection, choose the option to use it, as I discuss in the above step. multiple options are available to get it, shown in the figure above. Even you can re-edit the citation, can add a note or completely delete it, if you think is improper.
Choose any of the options and get your bibliography. Now you can paste it on your reference page or in the bibliography section of your thesis.
You can generate tones of bibliography manually using the Citation machine tool; it’s free but when you purchase a premium version of the Citation Generator tool, you will get additional benefits along with an ads-free citation, such as checking plagiarism and grammar.
Conclusively, I think this tool must be on your desktop, if you are doing PhD or planning to write a research paper, either as free or premium. If you may wonder it is worth buyable, Click our affiliate link given below and above, it helps us to earn some.
Dr. Tushar Chauhan is a Scientist, Blogger and Scientific-writer. He has completed PhD in Genetics. Dr. Chauhan is a PhD coach and tutor.