As you finish writing your final papers for the quarter, we in the library would like to remind you to cite your sources properly. Here are some resources that can help.
Many of our library databases allow you to get the APA-formatted citation for an article that you can copy and paste into a reference list. While the citations from these tools are rarely perfect, they are still a good place to start and may save you time. You can look at the appropriate database guide if you want to see if the database you’re using has a citing function.
In the Proquest databases – look for a “Cite” link above the article title on the Article Record page.
In the EBSCO databases, click on the title of the article you want from the results page. This will take you to the article information page. Look for the “Cite” link in the menu bar on the right side:
If you used RefWorks to store your article citations, then you probably already know that RefWorks allows you to create APA formatted bibliographies. If you need some reminders about using RefWorks, or if you want to find out more, check out the RefWorks home page. It’s linked to useful guides, and includes a recorded webinar as well as four video tutorials that show you the basics of creating and using a RefWorks account.
Again, none of the above mentioned citing tools will be correct 100% of the time. There are often punctuation or capitalization errors with any software-created citations.
Which brings me to one of your most important tools, your APA manual. Officially entitled Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th Ed.), it is your best friend and final word when it comes to verifying that you are using correct APA citation style. It’s up to you to double check your APA manual to verify that the citations you (or a database) have created are properly formatted.
Finally, if you still can’t figure out how to format a reference citation after using the above tools, you can contact Smarthinking, a web-based tutorial service, for assistance. You can write in with a question any time, or get live one-on-one assistance during their hours of service. Smarthinking is free to you as a Capella learner, so register today!