Answered By: Matt Stevons
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2017     Views: 1277

For nearly every article or eBook you find in the Library, there is a Cite button which will show you how to cite the item in APA format.  Watch the below video or follow the additional step-by-step directions to see how to locate the Cite button:

Click here to watch the video (opens a new window).

Below are examples by database:

In EBSCO databases, on the results screen, click on the blue title of an item in your results list.


 Look over on the far right side of the screen. You’ll see several buttons/icons, including the Cite button. See the example below:

 You will see examples of how to cite the item in several styles. APA should be the 2nd example down. 

You will also see the Cite button after opening PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text articles, and after opening eBooks.



In some of the individual databases, the cite button is in a different location.

In Books 24/7, click on  Citation

Then click the APA button.


 In CQ Researcher, the citation information is at the bottom of articles.

In Gale Virtual Reference Library, open an item, then click on Citation Tools

  Click on the APA 6th Edition tab

In ProQuest databases, open an item and click on Cite in the download box to the right of the article.

 Choose APA 6th – American Psychological Association, 6th Edition


The APA info from the Cite button should be mostly correct, but it is ALWAYS a good idea to double check it against APA rules just in case there is a mistake or a change. The citation suggestions are made from a computer script looking for matches in the publication information about the document, they're not hand-crafted by human APA experts.  Some common changes you'll need to make to the citation are fixing capitalization of book or article titles and checking that the page numbers are correct.

For assistance with the APA citation format, visit APA Style Central.

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