Module 11

Citing Tools

This module covers tools you may find useful to generate citations.

When you complete this module, you will be able to:

- use the citation tools in library databases.
- select from various citation tools for the one that works best for you.

 

Most of the library's databases provide you with the option to generate citations for resources. This option as well as printing, saving, sharing, and other tools are often listed along the right side. If not there, scroll to the bottom of the webpage to see it is there.

If you need to select a citation style and an edition, use the most current edition (e.g. APA 6th edition, MLA 7th edition). Consult your syllabus or ask your professor if you should use an older edition.

Warning! Double check the accuracy of the citations. Information may be missing from the citation. Punctuation and capitalization may be incorrect. However, the generated citation gives you a start of writing the citation rather than beginning from scratch.

In EBSCOhost, select "Cite" under the tools options. Find the citation style you are using (e.g. APA, MLA), and copy and paste the citation into your references or works cited page.

cite option in EBSCO databases

In JSTOR, select "Cite This Item" under the tools options. Copy and paste or use the "Copy to Clipboard" option to add to your citation list.

cite this item option in JSTOR databases

In Gale, select "Citation Tools" under the tools options. Copy and paste into your citation list.

citation tools in Gale databases

In ProQuest, select "Cite" under the tools options. Find the citation style you are using (e.g. MLA or APA); click the "Change" button. Copy and paste into your citation list.

cite option in ProQuest databases

In Britannica, the citation option is at the bottom of the article. Use the radio buttons to select the citation style you want. Then, copy and paste into your citation list.

cite this page option in the Encyclopedia of Britannica

Microsoft Word has a built-in citation generating tool. Select the tab for "References" and then use the "Citations & Bibliography" group to create your citations.

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Mendeley helps you to organize your research, allows you to highlight and make notes, and generates citations for you. You can also create groups in order to collaborate on assignments with classmates.

It is a free academic software that is supported on the Web, on mobile devices, and on desktops.

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The Web has several free citation generators. Here a few that you may find useful:

Bibme

Citefast

Knight Cite

Citation Machine

You have completed Module 11. You should now be able to:

green check mark use the citation tools in library databases.

green check mark select from various citation tools for the one that works best for you.

Congratulations! You are now empowered to:

  •   identify your information need,
  •   search for information,
  •   evaluate information and its sources,
  •   apply and use information ethically and legally, and
  •   acknowledge your use of the information.

If you have any questions or need help with your research, contact the Peru State College Library. We are here to help you!