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Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction (NCSU)
Different citation formats are used by different academic disciplines. Professors will often require a particular format, but if they have no preference these guidelines may be helpful:
- APA - psychology, education, and other social sciences
- MLA - literature, arts, and humanities
- Turabian - designed for college students to use with all subjects
- Chicago - used with all subjects in the "real world" by books, magazines, newspapers and other non-scholarly publications
Citing Articles in UC Library Search
An article citation might be available in UC Library Search. This search tool includes basic citing capability.
- Search for the article.
- If found, click on the article title.
- Click on Citation.
- Click on the citation format needed. (APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Turabian are available.)
- Copy and paste the citation.
- Note: There is also a RefWorks export.
Citing articles in databases
To cite an article found in an EBSCOhost database:
- When you've found an article you want to cite, look to the right side of the screen. You'll see a row of icons. Choose the "Cite" icon. It looks like a page with writing on it.
- Clicking "Cite" will take you to a menu with article citations in various formats. Scroll down to find the citation format you want, then copy the citation you need to a document.
To cite an article found in a ProQuest database:
- When you've found an article you want to cite, look to the upper right corner of the webpage. You'll see a "Cite" button.
- Clicking the "Cite" button will open a small box with a menu from which you can choose the citation in the format you wish. Copy to a document.