8.4 Using Citation Generators

Library Database Citation Tools

Library databases have several useful tools built into the technology to help you. One of the most useful is the citation generator. In most of the databases, it appears in the tools menu on the right side after you’ve opened a document. If you don’t see it there, scan the page and look for a link that says “Cite” or “Citation tool.” You’ll choose the citation style you need.

Database citation icon

This is a useful time-saver, but we must include a word of caution. Citation generators are robots that are scraping the information from the source, and sometimes the formatting is off (e.g., having a title in all capital letters). It’s up to you to know the basics so you can identify when something looks strange. It’s always a good idea to check it against a style guide and make any needed corrections.

Online Citation GeneratorsNoodle tools logo

While you can manually copy citations from each article you find in library databases (again, with caution and double-checking the formatting), you might want to consider keeping citations together in one location. One way to do this is by using an online citation generator, like NoodleTools. SCC subscribes to this service, so you can create your own account with your SCC credentials.

Beyond having a single source to keep your citations, you can also use theĀ notecards feature of NoodleTools to take notes and organize your thinking for each source. NoodleTools also allows you to share working bibliographies with classmates or instructors right from their website.

Visit the SCC Library website to learn more about NoodleTools and how to sign up for your account.