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IEEE Referencing

Citation generators

citation generator is a tool that can create a citation for a bibliography or reference list, allowing you to copy and paste it into your assignment.

Important iconOnce you have created a citation you always need to cross-check with the Referencing Guide to confirm everything is correct before you submit the assignment.

  • Library MultiSearch can generate citations for styles including AGLC4, APA 7, Chicago17, IEEE and Vancouver.
  • Click on the "Citation" link underneath a result.
  • NOTE: always check the reference - you will often need to change small details, e.g. capital letters at the beginning of words in journal titles.


  • Check then copy and paste a formatted citation into your assignment.

In IEEE Xplore, when you look at the record for an item you will see a Cite This button.

Click it and a box will pop up with an IEEE formatted reference for the item. You can copy this into your document.

There are also options to export a BibTex file or an RIS file (for Endnote/Mendeley/Zotero).

You can also export multiple references from your search results by ticking the boxes next to the ones you want, then clicking Export and choosing Citations in the popup window.

All bibliographic referencing software are citation generators. You can either build them up or export them from databases or websites.

MQ Library supports EndNote and has guides on Mendeley and Zotero.

Check their details here:

EndNote for Mac

EndNote for Windows



To use the IEEE referencing style with BibTeX, use the following command:


To use the IEEE referencing style with BibLaTex, use the following command:






See our referencing software guide for more information on LaTeX, BibTeX and Overleaf:

Other MQ resources

StudyWISE iLearn unit is a toolbox to help students develop research skills, academic writing skills and more. 

In particular, Reference and cite effectively and correctly (under The assignment process section) has useful information.

Check out the wide range of workshops free to Macquarie students run every session by The Writing Centre and Library including Referencing Essentials and APA style. The workshop schedule page includes links to recordings.