Hello and welcome to this brief tutorial on how to create an APA bibliography from search results in PsycINFO Much like the title of this article says, in this tutorial we will be demonstrating how to use the email function in your EBSCO account folder to create an APA bibliography from your PsycINFO search results. Now, this tutorial assumes that you already have an EBSCOhost account, and are already familiar with the basic process of saving items to your account folder. If you aren’t already familiar with these processes, please review the “Saving Search Results in an EBSCO Database” tutorial before proceeding. Trust me, it will make a lot more sense. Ok, so here we are in my EBSCOhost account folder. There are a number of items I’ve got pulled in from a variety of searches.
I would like to create a list that includes each of these item’s bibliographic information (preferably in APA format) Surprisingly, this is actually really easy to do from inside your folder. To start out with, click on the select/deselect all checkbox at the top of your folder results. Next click on the e-mail button on the right hand menu. This will open up an online form to allow you to email information from these search results to yourself. First, you’re going to want to input your email address into the “E-mail to:” field You can add a subject and comments if you feel you need them, or you can leave these fields blank.
On the right hand column you will notice check boxes to include the HTML or PDF Full text if available, this will attach the article full text to the email you send to yourself (provided we have access to that full text). Since we just want the bibliographic citations, uncheck these boxes. Below the two checkboxes are two drop down fields in the right-hand column. The first one is marked “standard field format” In this drop down menu, you choose the format of the information being sent to you. You can choose just a brief citation, a brief citation and abstract, or the detailed citation and abstract, which is the default setting. Since all we’re interested in are the citations, select the “brief citation” option. In the second drop down menu, marked “citation format” we’re also going to want to change the default, because for some bizarre reason the default setting for citation styles is ABNT, or Brazilian National Standards, which I’m pretty sure no program here on campus uses as it’s citation style of choice.
So click on this drop down and select the option for APA citation. Once you’ve made your selections and inputted your email address, click the button marked “send” You should receive one or more emails with the citations of each of the items you requested. The citations will be formatted according to the APA citation style. One quick word of warning about the citations generated by PsycINFO, or any other database for that matter… while it’s convenient to have the database create citations for you, realize that the database basically does this off of an algorithm, and if there’s bad data anywhere along the line, the citation will be formatted incorrectly. So, if you’re going to use these citations in an assignment you expect to be graded, take a moment to review them against the Purdue OWL, or the APA style guide to insure that they’re formatted correctly. The cost of getting downgraded on citations outweighs the benefit of quick and easy citations. Thank you for reading this tutorial.
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