I don’t know about you, but I hate having to go through the process of formally creating citations, which is why I pay someone to clean-up my book manuscripts.
I suspect many of my students feel the same, and there are quite a few tools out there that now make the process easier (see The Best Resources For Learning Research & Citation Skills).
Formatically has been on that “Best” list, and this summer they unveiled a new free, and just about the easiest, citation tool around.
It’s called the Instant Citation Tool.
Paste in the url address of just about anything and it will spit out the MLA, APA, Chicago or Harvard citation.
You can read more about it, and watch a video, at Richard Byrne’s blog.