Most databases have tools that create citations in several formats, such as APA, MLA and Turabian. Try the tools listed below to copy/paste/edit citations, as needed to match your assignment requirements. Always check the citation references for accuracy with the print style manual and your professor's requirements.See: opens new windowCiting Sources library guide.

The EBSCO Cite Tool

In an EBSCO database, such as opens new windowAcademic Search Complete or opens new windowAPA PsycInfo, click the Cite link located in the Tools menu on the right sidebar. (The "Tools" menu is only available on the item record and does not show up on the results page.) Choose a format style then copy, paste, and edit the citation to match your course requirements.

EBSCO Citation tool
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EBSCO Folder and Citations

The EBSCO folder is a personal information management tool to save articles, save searches, create citations lists, and more. Create a folder, then sign in to your folder when you search any EBSCO database. Note: Items added to the default folder are NOT saved; you must be signed in to your Folder.Tutorial:opens new window My EBSCOhost Folder (4:06 mins.)

For a single citation:

Access your EBSCO folder. Click a title to view the detailed record. Click the Cite button. Choose a format style then copy, paste, and edit the citation to match your course requirements.

For multiple citations:

  1. Access the your EBSCO folder.
    In the folder:
  2. Click checkboxes to mark items to be cited.
  3. Click the Print icon (in the right toolbar).
    In the Print Manager window:
  4. Uncheck HTML Full Text and Search History boxes, if showing and checked.
  5. Choose a Citation Format.
  6. Click Print (items are reformatted). Cancel the print, then copy/paste/edit citations according to your course and professor requirements.

General Information for MLA 9th ed. & Citing Generative AI (ChatGPT)

For articles in databases, when a DOI  (opens new windowDigital Object Identifier) is not available, use the permalink, if available. A permalink is a URL that is static, persistent, or permanent. To get a permalink in EBSCOhost, click "Permalink" in the right sidebar under "Tools."

In MLA, the accessed date is not required, but may be provided if you wish. Check with your professor's guidelines.

  • For an online work, use a DOI, permalink, or URL.
  • Precede a DOI with http:// or https://. (i.e., https://doi.org/10.1111/jch.12223.) (MLA Handbook, 9th ed., p. 194 [5.93])
  • For a URL https:// or http:// at the beginning may be omitted. (MLA Handbook, 9th ed., p. 195 [5.95])
  • For a web source, copy the URL from the browser. The http:// or https:// may be omitted. (MLA Handbook, 9th ed., p. 195 [5.95])
  • For articles in EBSCOhost, if the work is available in full text (not just the article abstract or record), use EBSCOhost as the container.  (Note: Databases within the EBSCOhost platform, such as Academic Search Complete or ERIC, are considered "filters," not the container.) (MLA Handbook, 9th ed., pp. 134-137 [5.31-34], for notes on website containers.)

Citing AI Tools (ChatGPT and Other Generative AI)

How do I cite generative AI [ChatGPT] in MLA style? (Note: Always follow your professor's instructions on the scope of using AI in your course.)

Basic MLA Examples

Article in magazine. Includes optional accessed date.

Gliatto, Tom, et al. “1936-2017 Mary Tyler Moore. (Cover Story).” People, vol. 87, no. 7, Feb. 2017, pp. 54–62. Academic Search Complete, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=121093537&site=ehost-live&scope=site. Accessed 29 Apr. 2020.

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Journal Article with URL

Fowler, Cary. “A ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault to Protect the World’s Diversity.” Journal of International Affairs, vol. 67, no. 2, Spring/Summer 2014, pp. 141–146. Academic Search Complete, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=95804642&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

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Journal with DOI

Latham, Laura S., et al. “Chocolate-Guilty Pleasure or Healthy Supplement?” Journal of Clinical Hypertension, vol. 16, no. 2, Feb. 2014, pp. 101–106. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1111/jch.12223.

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MLA Style Handbook

The library holds several copies of the current edition of the official MLA Handbook:
• Reference (LRC-R)
• Reserve

The book is located in the reference collection on the carousel at the Library Services Desk.