Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Jul 05, 2017     Views: 29

The Web of Science database functions differently than the frequently used ProQuest or EBSCO database platforms. Although articles are readily accessible and the information required for citations is present, the primary function of the database is to provide information to researchers on how often articles are cited (e.g., the InCites or Journal Citation Reports options). Here are a few options to locate a pre-formatted citation.

1. Search for the same article in ProQuest or EBSCO. Locate the "Cite" button on the webpage displaying the article to obtain a pre-formatted citation in the desired style.

2. Use a citation management system such as RefWorks or EndNote. Export the article information to that system, then use the options of the preferred CMS tool to create a properly formatted citation.  Here is a link to a library guide about citation management tools available to UW students, faculty, and staff.

3. Use an available citation guide to create a proper citation. This library guide covers the major writing styles followed within academia. Materials are available on-line, as well as in print at the university's libraries.

Be wary of using citation engines or machines that claim to properly format a citation. The rules of writing styles are complex and the algorithms and code that operate these engines do not cover all possibilities. If additional help is needed, check at the library help desk or the university Writing Center (Coe Library).

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