Automatically create a citation in MLA or APA format?
I am taking xourse 14FA-CAOT-101A-9985: 14FA-Computer Applications I-9985. One of the assignments is to find and article in the library database and automatically create a citation in MLA or APA format? Is there any way I can be pointed to an article to refresh my memory of how to do that? I am returning to Ohlone after a 4 year break, and some things are still a little fuzzy. Thank you.
An "automatically created" citation is generated by the database--you do not create it. However, just because most of the library databases will provide an automatically generated citation in the various manuals of style, like MLA or APA, please be aware that it is still your responsibility to verify that it is correct. While they are often enough correct, we have found mistakes.
To find a citation, for example, look at this article on video games in Academic Search Complete (please be aware that if you are accessing from off-campus, you will have to enter your student ID number & last name at the prompts). On the right-hand side bar, click on the icon and link for "Cite." Citations in APA and several other styles, including MLA are given. Again, you may use them as long as you check for accuracy.
Most databases offer automatic citations in at least MLA, you just have to look for them. If one is not offered, you will have to create one yourself by using one of the many guides available, such as Purdue University's OWL , or consult the appropriate handbook.
Let us know if you have any other questions.