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How to use EBSCO eBooks - Resource Guide: Citing

Instructions on using EBSCOhost e-books

Citing Articles

On EBSCO interfaces, when you are viewing an article detail, you can see how the citation for that article should be formatted in a variety of popular citation formats, including MLA, APA, etc.

There are many styles and forms used to cite the sources supporting your research. When using the EBSCO citation tool, please make any necessary corrections before using the citations. Data used to cite electronic sources is not yet standardized; therefore, researchers should review citations carefully. Pay special attention to personal names, capitalization, and dates. Double check your library resources for the exact formatting and punctuation guidelines. Click here for a tip sheet for citing eBooks.

To view citation formats for an article:

  1. Run a search on EBSCO and view a search result.

  2. From the Detailed Record, click the Cite icon.

    Cite tool icon on Detailed Record

  3. When you have decided which citation format you want for the article, copy and paste the citation directly into the Works Cited or References page of a document created in a word processing program such as Word.

    Citation Styles

Consult your institution's reference librarian (if available) for more clarification on the citation style and formatting you should use. Students are encouraged to check with their instructors as most academic institutions have standardized requirements.

For more detailed information, see the links below to view citation formatting and examples for the various citation styles listed:

Citing eBooks

How do I cite EBSCO eBooks?

EBSCO eBooks are available in both PDF and EPUB formats. PDF books have page numbers that typically correlate with the print version of the title, and those page numbers may be used for citation purposes. EPUB eBooks are formatted with reflowable text, which means the text resizes to fit the viewing window, and therefore they do not have stable pagination.

Most citation style guides, particularly in the humanities, make allowances for eBooks without stable page numbers. Visit our Support Site FAQ for reference if you’re trying to cite an eBook.

How do I cite an eBook?