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Citing sources: Citation basics in databases

When and how to cite (and avoid accidental plagiarism!)

Citation tools in library databases

Citation Tools in Library Databases

Many Library databases include a button or link providing citation information (in a number of styles) that you can then copy and paste into your document. Here are some examples and screenshots of what to look for:

sample of a "cite" button/tool in a library database sample of a "cite" button/tool in a library database sample of a "cite" button/tool in a library database

screenshot of cite button in Academic Search Complete database

Doublecheck Your Database Citations!

Note: The database-provided citation may have errors! Make sure you compare the database citation to your instructors' examples, Library style sheets (located in the sub-pages under the "Citation Styles" tab) or in the official manuals for each style.

Why the different citation styles?

Why the Different Citation Styles? 

Members of certain professions agree upon a set of citation standards that work best for their professional communities. For example, information necessary to cite sources in the legal community may not be necessary if you are writing a paper for an English class.

Check out the web site below from Dartmouth College about the basics of citing your sources.

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