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APA Citation Style Guide: Online Style Generators

Style Generators & Citation Management Apps

Style Generators in Databases

Many of the library's online databases (Ebscohost, Proquest, etc.) provide "Cite" tools to generate citations in a particular style.  Using these tools, like all technology, can make your life easier but there are drawbacks.  Citation information in databases is sometimes incomplete or incorrect.  Most of these generators do not correct errors but will pass them along to your output.  For instance, some author entries are entered in all caps (uppercase).  The generated output would then be in all caps and would be incorrect citation style.  If you are using an online citation style generator you MUST check your citations to make sure they are correct.

Please note that the citation below was generated from a citation downloaded from a database.  The style generator did not correct the author's name which is in all caps in the database entry.  The citation is also not formatted with a hanging indentation. This is incorrect citation style (MLA).

Incorrect:

Johnson, L. SYD M. “Return to Play Guidelines Cannot Solve the Football-Related Concussion Problem.” Journal of School Health, vol. 82, no. 4, Apr. 2012, pp. 180–185. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1111/j.1746-1561.2011.00684.x. Accessed 4 May 2017.

Manually corrected:

Johnson, L. Syd M. “Return to Play Guidelines Cannot Solve the Football-Related Concussion Problem.” Journal of School Health, vol. 82, no. 4, Apr. 2012, pp. 180–185. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1111/j.1746-1561.2011.00684.x. Accessed 4 May 2017.