Reference Lists: The Quick and Easy Way

OK , so it’s late at night and you have an assignment due tomorrow. All you have to do is finish off that jolly reference list. Here are some quick, easy web ways to get that job done. They’re not perfect, and yes, you do have to tweek them, but they do take some of the hard work out of making a reference list. Here’s what to look for, when you’re using WilsonSelectPlus, and ERIC keep your eyes peeled for the “Cite This Item” link.

Cite This Item in ERIC

And, when you’re using EBSCO host products like Academic Search Premiere, Professional Development Collection, Education Research Complete look for the yellow paper icon.

Cite This in Academic Search Premiere

Proquest uses a “Cite this” link, see the screen shot below:

Cite This in Proquest

WorldCat also has a “Cite/Export” link that allows you to copy a citation (works with articles and books). If you’re a facebook user try the CiteMe application from WorldCat (books only).

Cite/Export in WorldCat

Once you have clicked one of the links above a pop-up page appears usually with several types of citation formats to choose from. Remember Bank Street is APA, all you have to do now is copy, paste (and tweek). Finally, if you have a book or article-in-hand, try the old standby Citation Machine, you can find a link on the library homepage. It’s a little clunky but it does get the job done. Other online applications you might want to look at are Bibme (student recommended), and OttoBib.

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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  1. […] Library News explored way back in December 2009 Reference Lists: The Quick Easy and Way was how databases can help with citations. Next time you’re browsing a database keep your […]

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