Citation Generators are simply computers that do their best to cite what is given to them. While our vendors such as Gale, EBSCO, ProQuest, Ex-Libris, etc. do their best to cite according to the related particular MLA (now 9, sometimes 8), APA, Chicago and other citation standards, sometimes what is generated comes up odd. It is why we strongly recommend you use Noodle Tools but even there you need to look at your manual (you should have a hard copy on your desk) or look at the Library's quick guide to see if the citation follows normally.
HERE ARE THE TWO MOST COMMON ODDITIES WE SEE CITATION GENERATORS DO:
1. Instead of providing a source, you get "Shibboleth Authentication Request." That is NOT a source. You should get out your manual or enter key fields in Noodle Tools if this happens and look at what is actually in front of you.
2. APA-- Some citation generators are unable to follow the rules correctly for when to cap words and when not to. In fact, when using APA, we STRONGLY recommend if you are NOT using Noodle Tools, to go through it word by word (In general, any word that is not a proper noun and does not follow a period, colon, double dashes or semi-colon should NOT be capped in the words of a title).