Tips and Tricks
to Make Life
Creating citations is easier than
ever before, since many
databases include options for
citing. This presentation will show
you 3 easy ways to cite: directly
out of the catalog, out of many
databases, and through a
ECU Libraries Catalog
To cite a book from the catalog, first locate
the book in the catalog.
Click the option on the lower left to Cite this Item. A
new window opens with options for citing in APA,
MLA, and more. The citation is ready to copy in to
Citing from a Database
ECU Libraries subscribe to over 400
databases, and not all databases work
the same. However, many of them have
the option to create a citation.
You can do this in one of two ways. If
you find the article and wish to simply
see the citation, many databases have
a button that simply says “Cite.”
The other way of doing this is to use a
Folder. First, find articles that you will use
for your paper. As you locate the
articles, click Add to Folder, which will
add your chosen articles to a temporary
holding place—kind of like a shopping
cart on a web store. Look for something
Note: OneSearch on the library
homepage also functions in this way.
Send to Email
After you are done with your research
in the database, click in to the folder
and choose the option to Email. You
will be able to specify a citation style at
this time. The citation will come with the
article in an email.
What if I did not do this during my
research? Is there anything I can do?
Citation Generators are online forms
that allow you to fill in information
about an article and get a citation
in the correct style.
Some citation generators include
NCSU’s Citation Generator and
Knight Cite. Click these links to be
taken to a citation generator.
If you have questions, Ask a Librarian!