Answered By: Priscilla Coulter
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016     Views: 189

Most databases offer a "cite" feature that will quickly generate a rough citation for you.  Instructions for a few of our most popular search options follow.

IMPORTANT:  Always double-check auto-generated citations against the examples in the appropriate style guideWhile database auto-cite features are a good time-saving tool, errors are common (capitalization, punctuation, date, etc.).  You'll need to fix those manually!

 

Summon:  In your search results, you will see a quotation mark icon next to each source's title.  Click that icon.  A box will pop up on the screen (use the "Choose a Citation Format" drop-down menu to select the style that you need).  Highlight the citation, then copy/paste it where needed.

Summon citation generator

 

EBSCO:  Click the article (or book) title in the database.  This will take you to the source's "record" in the database.  On the left side of the record screen, click "Cite."  A list of citations will pop up in the center of the screen (scroll down to find the style that you need).  Highlight the citation, then copy/paste it where needed.

Citation generator in EBSCO

 

ProQuest:  Click the article (or book) title in the database.  This will take you to the source's "record" in the database.  On the left side of the record screen, click "Cite."  A list of citations will pop up in the center of the screen (use the "Citation style" drop-down menu to change the style (to MLA, Chicago, etc.), if needed).  Highlight the citation, then copy/paste it where needed.

Citation generator in ProQuest

 

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