A few decades ago, suggested citation formats were rare in books or periodical articles found online. Now they abound, with suggested cites expanding into ever more styles. Citation tools have grown in interesting ways, partly because publishing companies are buying citation management software companies. In general, citations in various formats have never been so easy to find and create. Yet at the same time, much confusion remains, since the various citation generators produce a wide range of variations when trying to reference the same document in a specific style. This quick overview of a selection of database platforms covers bibliographic A&I databases, full-text journal packages, and ebook collections. Most academic databases have citation export functions, and the majority will display citations directly with several style options. Finding a suggested citation format is becoming increasingly common. However, there is no common language or location for the suggested citations. Citing content on Web sites, in these days of Internet information dominance, poses new dilemmas.
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