ProQuest and APA

Advisory:
Double-check your Discussion Leader citation. Non-APA style will be marked down, per this note.

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In class on Thursday, we had a short discussion on APA citations and ProQuest. After hearing the assertion that ProQuest provides inaccurate citations when students have the cites e-mailed to them (a claim that I had not heard from prior COM300 students), I double-checked — I wanted to see, myself, if the ProQuest system had changed dramatically.

Surprise (not)! ProQuest is quite explicit. For example, the first bit of information in the e-mail follows:

ATTENTION!

Ensure the accuracy and completeness of your bibliography by following the instructions at the bottom of the page. In particular, the formatting of author names and dates might need to be corrected and missing information may need to be filled in.


This goes specifically to my point in class about LastName, FirstInitial for authors.

Moreover, at the bottom of the e-mail, the instructions are cookbook explicit:

APA Citation Style — Formats according to the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for citing electronic resources. For more information, visit http://www.apa.org.

Use the templates below to verify and correct the formatting of your document citations for the main publication types in ProQuest. In particular, the format of author names and publication dates in individual citations is likely to need further adjustment.

Author initials should be followed by periods and separated by a space (for example: Other, A. N.).

The e-mail then goes on to detail the exact syntax for every possible Proquest generated citation. The ones most likely to be used in this class follow:

Scholarly journals:
author1_last_name, author1_initials, author2+_last_name, author2+_initials, & finalauthor_last_name, finalauthor_initials. (publication_year). article_title. journal_title, volume_number, page_numbers. Retrieved date_accessed, from ProQuest database. (Document ID: document_ID).

The issue number should be included for journals with non-continuous pagination throughout a volume in the format: volume_number(issue_number).

Example:
Okon, K., Szumera, A., & Kuzniewski, M. (2003). Are CD34+ Cells Found in Renal Interstitial Fibrosis? American Journal Of Nephrology, 23(6), 409-14. Retrieved November 28, 2003, from ProQuest database. (Document ID: 462176181).

Magazines, trade publications:
author1_last_name, author1_initials, author2+_last_name, author2+_initials, & finalauthor_last_name, finalauthor_initials. (pub_year, pub_month_unabbreviated). article_title. magazine_title, volume_number
(issue_number), page_numbers. Retrieved date_accessed, from ProQuest database. (Document ID: document_ID).

The day should be included in the publication date for weekly magazines in the format: pub_year, pub_month_unabbreviated pub_day.

Example:
Pace, A. K. (2003, October). Relative relevance. Computers In Libraries, 23(9), 35-37. Retrieved November 28, 2003, from ProQuest database. (Document ID: 425523591).

Newspapers:
author1_last_name, author1_initials, author2+_last_name, author2+_initials, & finalauthor_last_name, finalauthor_initials. (pub_year, pub_month_unabbreviated pub_day). article_title. newspaper_title, page_numbers. Retrieved date_accessed, from ProQuest database. (Document ID: document_ID).

Page numbers for newspaper articles should be preceded by p. (single page) or pp. (multiple pages).

Example:
Kaufman, M. (1999, August 2). Diagnosis Crucial to Anxiety Disorder; Symptoms, which can appear as headaches, stomach trouble or heart attacks, are generally not taught in medical school. The Los Angeles Times (Record Edition), p. 5. Retrieved November 28, 2003, from ProQuest database. (Document ID: 43613266).

Direct Source:
Here is how the magazine and newspaper citation would differ if you found the source directly on the publication website:

West, J. (2003, October). The Librarian Is In and Online. Computers In Libraries. Retrieved April 27, 2007, from http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/oct03/west.shtml.

Hamburger, T. (2007, April 27). Probe of White House political operations moves ahead. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 27, 2007, from http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-probe27apr27,1,4626892.story

In short, there is no good excuse for not having sources cited correctly.

Note: I did not check the other databases. Most of you have used ProQuest for at least one citation. When in doubt, go to APA’s website or ask me (in an e-mail, with a good subject line!).

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