Answered By: Lynn VanLeer
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2017     Views: 2054

When you search the Library's databases, you'll typically see all of the article's citation information listed on the results list.

Here is an example from Academic Search Complete:

Citation in database results list with parts of citation indicated

You can then use your APA Manual, or the APA help available from the Writing Center to create your citation.

Databases display citation information for articles in different formats.  Some will allow you to see the APA format for an article's citation. Other times you will need to put the information in APA format yourself. 

When you use a database's tool to put the citation in APA format for you, always check it yourself as these tools are not perfect and do make mistakes.

Here is an example of the citation information displayed for an article in a database:


There may be times when all you are given is an article citation. You can use the citation information to search for the full text of an article.

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