Friday, July 19, 2013

Citation Formatting Made Easy in Subscription Databases

The obvious advantage of many of our eResources is that you can access them anywhere with an internet connection. But they also provide properly properly formatted citations that you can drop into your assignments without wondering where the quotation marks and italics go.

You can usually find citation tools along the top of the page or in the right column when you're looking at an article in our subscription databases. Each database provider does it slightly differently, so you may need to look around the page. You can choose the preferred citation style, such as MLA or Chicago, and download or copy and paste the citation into your paper.

Here are some examples:

In EBSCOHost, with databases such as the Music Index, Academic Search Premier and MEDLINE, look for "Cite" in the right column, then scroll through the pop-up window to copy and paste the right style citation.

In Gale, with databases such as Academic OneFile and the New York Times, the MLA citation is at the bottom of the article, and there are citation tools in the right column to download or export the citation.

In ProQuest, with databases such as the International Index to Music Periodicals and the Boston Globe, look for Cite along the top menu bar above the article. You'll get a pop-up window where you can choose your citation style to copy and paste.

If you have a resource where the formatted citation isn't provided, take a look at our research guide How to Cite Print & Electronic Sources for examples to follow and catalog links to our style guides.

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