Struggling with citations? One of the very helpful features, when using the library’ catalog and databases, as opposed to Google, is that they all provide help in creating your citation. You even get to choose the style you want – MLA, APA, Chicago, and various other styles peculiar to their disciplines. However, as with most things, there is always a caveat to proceed with caution. A computer generated citation will NEVER be as precise as what you can create. ALWAYS check and revise!
To complicate the accuracy of database citations, in October 2019, the American Psychological Association (APA), released an update, the 7th edition, of their citation format. This is the citation style used by nursing, allied health and the social sciences. So for the last few months, online libraries have been playing catch-up. APA 7th edition updates have just begun.
What this means for you, as a student, is to pay close attention to the edition listed when using the catalog and database citation tools. Right now, for example, you will see EBSCOhost using 7th edition APA, while the Gale products, like Opposing Viewpoints, are still using 6th edition.
Of course, if you take your librarians’ and instructors’ advice, you, the savvy Kirkwood student, already know that when it comes to citation helpers ALWAYS – Check and Revise!