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  • Open-Source Research Tools

    Citation and Bibliography Generators

    If you need help with building your citations, grammar errors, or avoiding unintentional plagiarism, the open-source research tools below can be helpful as part of research process.


    • ZoteroBib helps you build a bibliography instantly fom any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software.


    • BibMe helps with citations and check your paper for grammar errors, missing punctuation, unintentional plagiarism, and more.  

    Cite This For Me

    • Open-access generator is an automated citation machine that turns any of your sources into citations in just a click. 

    Brainstorming Tools


    • Popplet is a mind mapping tool that is perfect for visually curating your ideas and brainstorms.

    • is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online. 


    • MindMeister brings the concept of mind mapping to the web, using its facilities for real-time collaboration to allow truly global brainstorming sessions."

    Research and Writing


    • Grammarly is a free writing assistant that automatically detects grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes in your writing. 

    Purdue Online Writing Lab

    • Purdue Online Writing Lab is a robust resource for all aspects of the writing process.

    Google Scholar

    • A smart tool can that can help locate credible material for paper and report writing, general research, and other projects.

    Other Useful Tools

    MLA Interactive Practice Template

    • The template from the MLA Style Center is a tool for teaching and learning MLA style, not a citation generator.