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Get help formatting your citations by using citation generators in the Library's catalog and databases.
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Why You Should Check Your Citation

The citation generators found in the Library catalog and in most databases will save you a lot of time—but they're not perfect! You should always check the citation you get from any of these tools against the examples found in our citation guides.

Generating a Citation in the Library Catalog

When you've found materials you want to use in the Library catalog (need help with that? check out our guide to searching) and need to cite them, all you have to do is:

1. Click the title of what you want to cite.

A screenshot of an article found in the Library's catalog with an arrow pointing to the title

2. In the "Send To" section, click the "Citation" button.

A screenshot of an article in the Library catalog opened and an arrow pointing at the citation button

3. Click the name of the citation style you're using.

A screenshot showing the citation generator in the Library catalog open and APA 7th edition chosen on the left side

4. Click "Copy Citation to Clipboard," then paste it into your reference list.

A screenshot of the Library catalog citation generator open and an arrow pointing to the "copy citation to clipboard" button below the citation

5. You're done! Be sure to check the citaiton and make any needed edits before you move on, so you don't have to go back and do it later (check the generated citation against the examples in our citation guides).

Generating a Citation in a Database

When you've found an article you want to use in one of our databases (need help with that? check out our guide to searching) and need to cite it, the process will vary a little bit depending on the database, but the basic steps will be:

1. Click the title of what you want to cite.

A screenshot showing an article in the results list of a database search with an arrow pointing to the title

2. Find where the citation button would be. This depends on the database, but some examples are:

A screenshot of an article on the database Academic Search Premier with an arrow pointing to the "cite" button under "tools" on the right side of the page

A screenshot of the database Academic OneFile with an arrow pointing to the "cite" button at the top of the article page under the page header

A screenshot of the database Research Library with an arrow pointing to the "cite" button on the right side of the page next to the title under the header

3. Scroll to the name of the citation style you're using (they're listed alphabetically).

A screenshot of the generated citation for APA in the database Academic Search Premier

4. Select the citation given and copy it, then paste it into your reference list.

5. You're done! Be sure to check the generated citation against the examples in our citation guides and make any necessary changes before you move on to the next one.