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I have a problem formatting references when I copy the information from the hyperlink.

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I have a problem formatting references when I copy the information from the hyperlink. It looks like this: http://proxygsu-bre1.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=52448740&site=ehost-live A space is always left after this part: http://proxygsu- Please let me know how to avoid this space at the end of the line. Everything after http://proxygsu- goes to the next line.

Answered By: Trustee Library
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 51

The issue isn’t the formatting of the URL, which is OK to be on two lines, it is the use of the database URL at all. According to APA, the preference is to include the DOI. If no DOI is available, the default is the URL for the home page of the journal. Sometimes the database provides this information when you click on the hyperlinked journal name. Sometimes you have to look it up on the Web. See APA p. 198-192.

In practice, many scholars are avoiding the issue altogether and treating the reference as if it is a printed source. This approach is justified when the electronic version is a facsimile of the original, such as a PDF file. CHECK WITH YOUR PROFESSOR BEFORE DOING THIS! If you are writing a thesis or other paper that will be published, you should take the time to locate the URL of the journal's home page.

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