Wikileaks Bibliography Generator

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The following tools can help you assemble a citation from limited information, with limited effort. These are tools with a variety of interfaces that provide a complete formatted reference based on a few initial details.


See also: Wikipedia:Citing sources § Programming tools

  • Citoid: A tool built into Visual Editor that attempts to build a full citation based on a URL. See user guide.
  • Citer: Converts a DOI, ISBN, or Google Books URL into a citation and shortened footnote. It also can generate citations for many news websites.
  • reFill: Uses Citoid to replace all bare URLs on a Wikipedia page with filled {{cite web}} templates.
  • DOI Wikipedia reference generator: Converts a digital object identifier (DOI) into {{cite journal}}.
  • Wikipedia citation tool for Google Books: Converts a Google Books URL into {{cite book}}. Wikipedia has thousands of bare URL citations that could be completed using this tool.
  • User:Badgettrg, Biomedical citation maker. Converts a Pubmed ID (PMID), DOI, PMCID , NCT to {{cite journal}}, {{cite pmid}}, or simple wikiformatting for all journals indexed by PubMed. Bookmarklet is available. Adds links to ACP Journal Club and Evidence-Based Medicine comments if present.
  • Diberri Template builder: Converts URL, DrugBank ID, HGNC ID, PubMed ID, PubMed Central ID or PubChem ID to full citation.
  • DTU Informatics PMID to Cite journal: Converts a PubMed ID (PMID) into a {{cite journal}}.
  • Wikipedia-References-Creator: A Firefox addon for creation of references (output changeable).
  • WebRef: A bookmarklet automating the filling of the {{cite web}} template.
  • MakeRef: A form for creating various {{cite}} templates.


  • BibDesk Export Template – An export template for formatting Wikipedia citation templates in BibDesk, which is a free open-sourceBibTeX-based reference management software application for OS X
  • Chrome citation extension for Google Chrome – Creates a citation that screen-scrapes the most commonly referenced websites
  • Citation Bot (more info) – Partial citations must either contain a DOI, PMID, PMC, ISBN, or enough fields to be uniquely found; the bot will also fix formatting errors
  • CiteCompletion for AutoWikiBrowser – A custom module for AWB to complete citations of common English-language news sites
  • Cite4Wiki for Mozilla Firefox 3.5+ – Allows you to create various templates including {{cite web}} and {{cite news}}; get the current version or an old version[dead link]
  • citemark (JavaScript) – A bookmarklet to help create {{cite web}} templates; see the developer's page for details
  • Find sources – provides links to customized searches for reliable sources in news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR · free images and the like. Points to a variety of templates for use in talk pages, on the AfD page etc, and for a variety of types of articles and situations.
  • OttoBib – Generates an alphabetized bibliography of books from a list of International Standard Book Number (ISBN) numbers, with output in MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, BibTeX, or Wikipedia format (also generates a permalink)
  • References segregator (JavaScript) – Shows references in a separate edit window for easy editing; can also convert references to list-defined references format
  • toollabs:refill – Checks an article for working (non-404) references, corrects titles, adds citation templates, and performs other miscellaneous fixes; can be added to the toolbox with this JavaScript: User:SQL/refcheck.js
  • refToolbar (JavaScript) – Allows you to format a reference during editing when you already have all the data
  • Scopus search add-on – Find a reference on Scopus, then with one click it's formatted ready for use in an article
  • SnipManager (JavaScript) – Adds a Ribbon menu above the edit form with templates (including citations) and the ability to preview citations
  • WebCite – WebCite archives a copy of an online source, so a citation can link to the archived copy as well as to the original URL (in case the latter changes in future)
  • User:CitationTool – Semi-bot for finding citation errors and fixing them
  • Zotero (cross-platform) – Allows you to find articles and easily paste their citations into Wikipedia as citation templates, using (on Windows) Ctrl-Alt-C or right-clicking the article and selecting "Export Selected Item..." then "Wikipedia Citation Templates"; see Wikipedia:Citing sources with Zotero

Citation tools

Reference markup and citation templates may be inserted manually or by use of tools:

  • RefToolbar is part of the editing tool bar
  • User:Zhaofeng Li/reFill
  • ProveIt provides a graphical interface for editing, adding, and citing references. It may be enabled per the documentation
  • Citation expander automatically adds missing data to citations using citation templates, and makes corrections to their formatting
  • SnipManager adds a ribbon interface to add citations
  • wikEd

User scripts

Beta and obsolete




The following bot-filled templates are deprecated.


These templates can be used in documentation:

Typing aids




MLA Format Citation Generator

Glossary of Selected Terms


A short review or description of what you are citing.

Date Accessed

When an online work was viewed.

Electronically Published

When content was published online or electronically. This date is not always present on a webpage.

Place of Publication

Location of the publisher. Depending on the source or style, you may or may not need to know the city, state, or country.


Company, individual, or entity that helped get a work published or distributed.


Letters/Abbreviations at the end of a name that tells us more about an individual. For example, Jr. (junior), III (third in family with a name), Esq. (esquire), etc.


Name given to a source that identifies it.


Link or address of a webpage. One example is


How a source or content piece was distributed or presented. Here is one example: E-book: Other - PDF, CSV, Word Doc, etc.


Someone or an organization that helped produce a certain work. For example, a film director, dance choreographer, orchestra conductor, etc.


Creator (often writer) of a piece such as a book, script, play, article, podcast, comic, etc.

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