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Citation Styles

Links and reference guides for creating citations.

Library databases: citation tools

Many of the Libraries' databases have citation tools built into the user interface.  However, the citation tool is not 100 percent accurate.  You must check the citation style's manual to ensure accuracy.


For example, this is a citation in MLA format from Academic Search Premier.  Can you identify at least one style error in the citation?

HILL, BRITTANY M., S. M. OGLETREE, and K. M. MCCRARY. "Body Modifications In College Students: Considering Gender, Self-Esteem, Body Appreciation, And Reasons For Tattoos." College Student Journal 50.2 (2016): 246-252. Academic Search Premier. Web. 23 Aug. 2016.

Answer:  MLA doesn't capitalize authors' names, and the citation isn't a hanging indentation.


Here is the same citation in APA style.  Can you identify at least one style error in the citation?

HILL, B. M., OGLETREE, S. M., & MCCRARY, K. M. (2016). BODY MODIFICATIONS IN COLLEGE STUDENTS: CONSIDERING GENDER, SELF-ESTEEM, BODY APPRECIATION, AND REASONS FOR TATTOOS. College Student Journal, 50(2), 246-252.

Answer:  APA doesn't capitalize authors' names and the article title, and the citation isn't a hanging indentation. Moreover, the citation is lacking either the DOI (digital object identifier) or the URL to the full-text of the citation (and this article is full-text in Academic Search Premier).