Answered By: Vicki Sciuk
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2019     Views: 200

Many of our Library databases provide preformatted citations for the articles you find. The citation tools will often let you pick which format you need (such as MLA or APA), and they will allow you to copy and paste the citation into your list of references.

Keep in mind though that they are not perfect. Please make sure to review the references and make any corrections needed.

Here is a list that shows which databases have "preformatted" citations available. 

Below, are the instructions to find preformatted citations in the most commonly used databases:

ProQuest Databases:

  • The citation tool defaults to MLA. For APA, click on the drop-down list to pick "APA 6th - American Psychological Association, 6th Edition". Make sure you click the "Change" button to get the updated citation.

Gale Databases:

  • It defaults to MLA 8th Edition. You can choose another style like APA from the drop-down list.

Ebsco Databases:

  • These databases include:
  • After you open the article (usually by clicking on the title), find and click on the Cite link. It is usually found with other tools like "Print" or "Email."

  • A box will appear with the citation repeated in a variety of citation formats. Simply copy the citation that corresponds to your required citation style.

In general, look for something that says Cite, Cite Now! or Citation Tools. It is usually near other tools like: Print, Save, Download, or Email.

Make sure that you are copying the citation that corresponds to the style that your instructor wants (such as MLA or APA), and always double check that the citation tool formatted it correctly.

To double check your citations, use one of the following resources:


Related FAQs