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MyBib: A Free CiteThisForMe Alternative

Are you trying to find a reference generator that isn’t loaded with ads and doesn’t charge you a monthly subscription for basic features?

We can help with that.

We’ve made a CiteThisForMe alternative called MyBib, and we think you’re gonna like it.

We’ve also made a 5-point list to show you why you should ditch CTFM. So slide down the page a little bit and join us as we duke it out in our Cite This For Me vs. MyBib showdown.

1. MyBib is completely free

There’s no paywalled features or hidden gotchas here. MyBib is 100% free with no catches, time limits, or restrictions.

2. MyBib has no ads

MyBib is totally ad-free
MyBib is totally ad-free

We think ads are bad. They make everything slow, and kick your laptop fan into overdrive while they load. There’s no ads on MyBib, and there never will be.

3. MyBib produces reliably accurate references

You’d expect the references created with a generator to be correct, especially when up to 20% of your grade for an assignment can come down to the quality of your bibliography or reference list.

MyBib removes the need to worry. We’re using the same core technology that powers Mendeley and Zotero — the professional-grade referencing software used by researchers and academics at top colleges and universities all around the world. It’s called citeproc-js, and it builds bibliographies so accurate they’d be accepted into academic journals.

4. MyBib is built for 2019

A modern-day web application is almost identical to an app on your phone, or software you can download and install. That’s what we’re going for with MyBib. This means you can do things like cut, copy, and undo. Clicking buttons is instant and smooth. You can print your bibliography directly or export it to Google Docs.

MyBib also works just as well on your phone or tablet as it does on your computer. And to top it all off, MyBib can autocite PDFs.

5. Students come first

Our goal when building MyBib was to provide a first-class referencing tool to help you manage your references and build bibliographies quickly and easily. We don’t harvest your data, and don’t have any hidden motives.


Too long? Here’s the summary:

MyBib is a great alternative to CiteThisForMe if…

  • You want a reference generator that is 100% free
  • You don’t want to be slowed down and distracted by ads while trying to work
  • Super-accurate and correct referencing is important to you
  • You want a tool that’s easy and intuitive to use

…And MyBib is open-source too

MyBib is open-source. This means that we’ve made our code available for you to look at or download, and give you permission to do almost whatever you want with it.

Start your own version of MyBib if you want. Or better yet — help us make MyBib even better by contributing to our Github repo.

Now you’re a little more educated feel free to hit that blue button below and start building your first bibliography with MyBib.