Answered By: Elyse Wolf
Last Updated: Dec 22, 2017     Views: 38

Many of our library databases provide auto-generated citations for the articles you find. The citation tools will often let you pick which format you need (such as MLA or APA), and they will allow you to copy and paste the citation into your list of references.

Keep in mind though that they are NOT perfect. Please make sure to review the references and make any corrections needed.

Below are the instructions to locate the auto-generated citations in the most commonly used databases:

ProQuest

ProQuest Databases (for example, ProQuest Central): After you open the article (usually by clicking on the title), find and click on the Cite link. It is usually found with other tools like "Print" or "Email."

Screenshot of where to find the Cite button in ProQuest

The cite tool defaults to MLA.  For a different style, click on the drop-down list. Make sure you click the "Change" button to get the updated citation.

Gale

Gale Databases (for example, Opposing Viewpoints in Context):  After you open the article (usually by clicking on the title), find and click on Citation Tools. It is usually found with other tools like "Print" or "Email."

Screenshot of where to find the Citation Tools in Gale

It defaults to MLA. You can choose another style like APA from the drop-down list.

EBSCO

EBSCO Databases (for example, Academic Search Complete): After you open the article (usually by clicking on the title), find and click on the Cite link. It is usually found with other tools like "Print" or "Email."

Screenshot of where to find the Cite button in EBSCO

A box will appear with the citation repeated in a variety of citation formats. Simply copy the citation that corresponds to your required citation style.

 

In general, look for something that says Cite, Cite Now! or Citation Tools. It is usually near other tools like: Print, Save, Download, or Email.

Make sure that you are copying the citation that corresponds to the style that your instructor wants (such as MLA or APA), and always double check that the citation tool formatted it correctly.

To double check your citations, use one of the following resources:

For assistance with citations, please contact the SNHU Wolak Learning Center (UC/On-Campus Students) or SNHU Online Writing Center (COCE/Online Students). 

You may also want to consider:

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