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Citation Tools & Applications

Databases Often Give Your Citations

When using a library database or resource, look for a button that says "Cite" or "Citation" or text that says "How to Cite This" to find the citation for the book, chapter or article pre-formatted by the computer. (Not all databases include this information, but many do.)

Note: you should check carefully to be sure the formatting the database uses matches the format your professor wants; you many need to make adjustments.

Copying a Citation from an Ebsco database

This process should generally work for Scholarsearch and any other databases displaying the EBSCO logo:
EBSCOhost logo or Scholarsearch

Click on the title for the article you are interested in.

In the entry for the article, click on  Cite  in the tools to the right of the article information:

Cite in Ebsco list of tools

In the list of citation types that comes up, scroll down to the citation format you want, then copy and paste it:

MLA Citation displayed for copying

Or, when emailing yourself your search results, you can select "Citation" in the right column (under "Include when sending" and then choose the citation format you are interested in, and formatted citation for the article(s) will be emailed along with the other article information:

Choose "Citation Format" and then the citation format you want.

Copying a citation from a Proquest Database

1. When looking at the record for the article, click on "Cite i n the box on the right

2. In the box that comes up, choose MLA 8th Edition for citation format

Select the text of the citation and press Ctrl-C to copy it; then paste it into Word or an email.

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