Citing Google Scholar Articles
Good news! Google Scholar provides an option for pre-formatted citations of articles from the search result list. Currently, MLA, APA, and Chicago are the only options.
You can select a citation pre-formatted on the Cite link located below a search result and choose from the available citation styles. As with any resource that provides citations, always check to make sure formatting is correct by using COTR Library citation how-to guides or consult the helpful staff at the Reference Desk.
Tips for using Google Scholar pre-formatted citations
Many online products, such as Google Scholar, offer citation assistance through pre-formatted options. If you choose an item from Google Scholar, you must still evaluate it for credibility, relevance, and authority. The Cite option is located on the same line in the results list as the Cited by feature, below the record details.
- After pasting the citation in your paper, create a hanging indent.
- Make it double spaced.
- Change the font to Times New Roman 12 or font style preferred by your instructor.
Note: Google Scholar does not include DOI information.
It Should Look Like APA:
Wighting, M. J., Liu, J., & Rovai, A. P. (2008). Distinguishing sense of
community and motivation characteristics between online and
traditional college students. Quarterly Review of Distance Education,
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases. However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.
The APA citation style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.
Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.