Modern Language Association citation generators are used by filling in the known details about a particular source that requires citation. Many citation generators have a database of existing sources and hence can automatically generate the citation just by using the name of the source.
In case the source is not found in the database, specific details about the source, including author, published date and year, publisher, website name and pages used, must be manually added to generate the citation. Once the citation is generated, it can be downloaded into word or copy-pasted into the required document.
MLA is the most commonly used citation style in humanities and liberal arts. MLA lays down rules and guidelines that must be followed in writing research papers and citing sources. MLA citation helps in crediting the sources of information in a research paper and makes it easier for others to find it.
In MLA, there are different rules for different kinds of sources including books, journal articles, newspaper articles and websites. These rules are in-built into MLA citation generators and filling in the required details produces in-text citation and bibliography citation. As of 2015, CiteThisForMe.com, EasyBib.com and CitationMachine.net are some popular online citation generators.