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Database Citation Tools

Do you need help writing citations?
Most databases have tools that create citations in several formats, such as MLA, APA 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.

  • Credo Reference
  • ebrary
  • SAGE
  • Wall Street Journal
  • WorldCat Booksstar

 Credo Reference
Go to Credo Reference. Search a topic, browse a book, etc.


Credo ReferenceSelect an entry.

The example (right) is "Espionage" in the book World Criminal Justice.

At the end of the entry a citation is available to copy and paste or save (shown below).

Click the style you need.

Currently, four styles are available: APA, Chicago, Harvard, and MLA.
Remember: always check the style format with the print style manual.

Credo Reference


 ebrary (ebooks)
Go to ebrary, do a search, and then select a book to view in the ebrary Reader.


Currently, a cumulative list of records cannot be printed but, ebrary does allow you to choose from several citation formats that will automatically be 1) printed when you print a portion of the ebook or 2) pasted when you copy and paste sections of text into a document such as your research paper.

  1. ebraryClick My Settings (top right)> choose Preferences
  2. Under Select Citation Format choose a citation style
  3. Click Set Preferences button.
  4. Click the QuickView tab to return to the book view. Or, click the Search tab to return to your result list.

arrow When you copy and paste text a citation in the chosen format is automatically pasted, too.

arrow When you print, a citation in the chosen format is automatically printed on the bottom of the page.


 EBSCO Databases
Go to an EBSCO database, such as Academic Search Complete, and do a search.


For a single article citation,

  1. From the list of your results, select an article and access the full record (click the title).
  2. Click the Cite icon (in right sidebar).
    ebsco Cite icon
  3. Select an appropriate format style from the six that are available, and then copy/paste the citation.
    EBSCO citation styles

(Note: An Export Manager is available but, at this time ORU does not subscribe to citation manager software.)


For multiple article citations use the Folder.

  1. EBSCO article listFrom the list of results, add articles to the folder by clicking the Add to folder link.
  2. Click Folder at page top or Go to:Folder View in the right sidebar.
  1. EBSCO Folder ResultsIN THE FOLDER mark the items to be cited.
  2. Click the print icon. 

Create a folder if you do not already have one.
To store items in the folder for a future session be sure to Sign in to My EBSCOhost.

  1. IN THE PRINT MANAGER, uncheck HTML Full Text box (if shown and checked).
  2. Choose a Citation Format.
  3. Click Print.
    Items are reformatted for printing. Print or cancel the print then save or copy/paste the citations.

 SAGE Full-Text Databases
Go to a Sage database and search your topic.

  1. Select an article and access the full text.
  2. Sage databasesUnder Service options click Downloading to a citation manager.
  3. At this time ORU does not subscribe to citation manager software but you can use the article citation information provided and the style manual to create properly formatted citation.
  Sage citation manager

 Wall Street Journal
Go to the Wall Street Journal and search your topic.


Access an article.

Click the Cite this link.

Then select a citation style.
Go to and search the book title.


WorldCat CitationsAccess any book record (click the book title, if available).

Click Cite/Export. and then click a citation style. Copy and paste citation.

Learn more: Citation Tools
(YouTube) 1:47 minutes
WorldCat citations YouTube video