Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2019     Views: 2222

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.

 

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

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