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Citation Help: Machine Generated Citations

There are many different citation styles used to document sources used in research. This guide will help you understand what elements to include for different citation styles and how to format them.

How to use Citation Tools in Databases

Source: Lloyd Sealy Library, YouTube (October 23, 2019)

Discovery Search & EBSCO Citations-One Item at a Time

Did you know that there is a machine generated citation for every source in Discovery Search and in the EBSCO Databases? Once you perform a search and are given your search results, click on the title of the item you are interested in and you will be sent to the Detailed Record. On the far right you will see a list of tools. Click on the tool and you will be given a list of citations for your item all featured in different citation formats for your use (just scroll down until you find the one you need). Because this citation has been computer generated it quite possibly may contain an error or two. We encourage you to make use of this time saving citation tool so long as you crosscheck the citation with a writing style guide such as the Purdue Owl.


Discovery Search & EBSCO Citations-Multiple Sources at a Time

While going through your search results you may wish to add the most relevant items to a temporary folder. Doing this will allow you to organize your efforts and save time by collecting a citation for each of your chosen items in the format that you need. To begin, click on the blue folder with a plus (+) sign on it for each item.  This folder is a temporary one so make sure you don’t close out the webpage until you have collected and sent along all of your items. To do this, scroll to the very top of the page and, in the blue bar, click on . You will then find a list of all the items for which you clicked on a blue folder. Select the gray squares next to the items you need or click on “Select all” and open the “E-mail” tool on the right side of the screen. Before emailing make sure to select your "Citation Format" in the middle of the screen.


Now type your email address into the “E-mail to:” box and feel free to give this email a subject or to leave yourself some comments. Finally, click the yellow “Send” button. An email for each of your items will be sent to your inbox containing a web link to the item, a citation, and a PDF or Full Text version of the source if available. The first email you receive should list all of your items under a "Works Cited" heading. You will need to alphabetize your list and crosscheck it with a formatting and style guide, such as those found at the Purdue Owl, for the citation style you are using. You may also create a more permanent folder with EBSCOhost and save your citations directly to their site. To do this click on “Sign In” from the blue bar at the top of the screen and then either sign in with a Google account or create an account with EBSCOhost.