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Citation Tools

Guidance for selecting and using common citation tools.

Databases and Ejournals

Many of the research databases, including those from EBSCO and ProQuest, as well as many e-journals, have an internal feature that will produce a citation in various styles. Look for a link or icon titled "cite," or "save, print, email," or something similar. You will have to proof for accuracy, so regard the citations as drafts, but you will save a lot of work.

Citation Generators

Use these free online tools to generate "quick and dirty" citations. Enter the information you have for print, electronic, or Web sources. The entered information will be assembled in the style you choose, e.g., APA or MLA, suitable for pasting into your document. Regard these as draft citations - you must proof them before finalizing your paper. Beware, some of these require a subscription to access certain styles.