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APA Style, 7th Edition

A guide to using APA Style for writing research papers.

Pros and Cons of Citation Generators

Numerous databases, library catalogs,and other resources will provide a sample citation for a selected item. This is a very useful option but can also be a source of frustration. 


Lincoln Christian University strongly advises students to exercise caution when utilizing these citations and to very carefully check that the citation matches the APA style as outlined in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition as outlined in this guide.

The final responsibility for an accurate citation rests on the shoulders of the individual student as the paper's author. Professors will not accept the excuse "That's what the computer said." 

Watch for the following areas of concern when utilizing citation generators:

  • Each of the citation generators provides a note reminding students to carefullly check citations. 
  • When copying the citation from the generator to a paper, the word processing program utilized will change the spacing and indents.
  • Double-check the captalization matches the APA style.  The generator is simply rearranging the data into the appropriate order but is unable to adapt the capitalization which may be in headline style, sentence style, or even all capitals.
  • The citation generator will not incorporate any changes and requirements used by Lincoln Christian University or a specific professor.
  • Citation generators typically only create a reference entry not a parenthetical citation.

Given these concerns, some individuals may feel it is easier to edit the citation produced by a citation generator than to create their own citation.

I-Share Catalog

In the I-Share catalog, the option to cite is found at the top of each individual record.

Click Cite This


A pop-up screen will appear showing an APA and MLA style citation. Sample citations: These may not conform precisely to your selected citation style.  Modify as needed.



Electronic books and media items, such as audio and video recordings, only display an APA style citation.

WorldCat Discovery

Click Cite

Worldcat Discovery Citations

Worldcat Discovery APA 7th edition citation


When viewing an individual record, click Cite to the right underneath Tools. 

While viewing a specific article record, click Cite, located to the right underneath the heading Tools.

A  screen will appear listing a variety of citation styles. Scroll to the citation style of your choice.

Citations formats available in EBSCOhost.