Help:Citation tools

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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.


  • Wikipedia AutoReferencer, a tool to convert embedded links to wikitext
  • OABOT, a tool that finds open-access links for citations
  • 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).
  • RefScript: A bookmarklet that generates references with a single click. Works with a few news websites (BBC, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Huffington Post, Huffington Post Canada, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Times of India, Financial Times, The Economist, Business Week, Ars Technica, TG Daily) and it can learn any other newspaper or website.
  • WebRef: A bookmarklet automating the filling of the {{cite web}} template.
  • MakeRef: A form for creating various {{cite}} templates.
  • Citation Hunt: A tool for browsing snippets of Wikipedia articles that lack citations.


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


  • Ref++ PubMed search (Beta, November 2009)
  • Cite4Wiki Phoenix



The following bot-filled templates are deprecated.


These templates can be used in documentation:

Typing aids




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