Answered By: Judith Jablonski
Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016     Views: 2085

"There are many styles and forms used to cite the sources supporting your research. Data used to cite electronic sources is not yet standardized therefore researchers should review citations carefully." [From EBSCO Host's Help]

Database publishers do the best they can to provide correct citation information, and the citations that they generate can save you a lot of typing by getting most of the pieces in place.  But because of the lack of standardization among electronic sources, some exported citations will contain errors.

When you export a citation, double-check it against your style guide to be sure that all details are correct.  Punctuation, capitalization and overall order are common export errors, but be sure to pay attention to names, titles and dates as well (use the full text to verify). 

In the end, it is your responsibility to provide the correctly formatted citations in the materials and papers you submit for your courses.

Find more information on the Using Style Guides page of the Research Methods Information guide.

See also:  How can I use a library database to generate a citation?