Answered By: Lora Cowell
Last Updated: May 06, 2016     Views: 19

It depends on the database.  

EBSCOHost databases, provided by Wisconsin Badgerlink, represent our most comprehensive collection of resources online.  Because of the sheer volume of articles provided, the host imports new articles and generates citations an algorithm that is only as accurate as the original source material.  You'll find lots of problems with these citations.  

BOTTOMLINE: Be sure to proofread and make appropriate corrections. Your best bet is to manually enter information into a citation generator.  EBSCO does provide short "permalink" URLs guaranteed to remain accessible for future access by readers.

SIRS Researcher is a smaller database, but the accuracy of their citations is hit and miss. SIRS doesn't provide persistent URLS, so there is a possibility that pasting that URL from the address bar will not help your reader access your sources.

BOTTOMLINE: Be sure to proofread and make appropriate corrections. Your best bet is to manually enter information into a citation generator.  Readers will be limited in their ability to access your sources by their database access.

Student Resources-in-Context and other Gale products tend to offer more accurate citations, based on the most recent guidelines. They are also responsive when customers alert them to incorrect citations.  

BOTTOMLINE: While you should still proofread for minor errors, you can feel comfortable with cutting/pasting these into bib.  Note that their URLs are long and often unwieldy, so if you'll be publishing online, consider hyper linking the title (thus hiding the URL) to make the entry accessible to your reader.  

Need more convincing?  Take a look at the samples below.  Red text indicates mistakes.

Gale Citation: Cut and Paste

Ross, Catherine J. "Schools' censorship strangles the free mind." USA Today 5 Jan. 2016: 07A. Student Resources in Context. Web. 6 May 2016.

 

SIRS Cut and Paste (MLA or APA)
Ross, Catherine J. "Schools' Censorship Strangles the Free Mind." USA TODAY. 05 Jan. 2016: A.7. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 06 May 2016.  
 

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EBSCOhost (MLA, APA, and many others)
Catherine J., Ross. "Schools' censorship strangles the free mind."
USA Today n.d.: MasterFILE Premier. Web. 6 May 2016.

 

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