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Reading Citations

A citation describes a source by presenting information about that source (book, article, web page, etc.) in a standard format.

A citation tells:

  • What was written - title
  • Who wrote it - author and/or editor
  • When - date of book, article or web page
  • Where it was published and by whom - publisher and city; journal name; host of web page

Common citations are to journal articles, books, and book chapters.


Article Citation

Citations to journal or magazine articles will include some of the following:

  • author
  • article title
  • journal or magazine title
  • volume number of the journal or magazine
  • date of publication

article citation

Book Citation

Citations to books will include the following:

  • Author or editor of the book
  • Title of Book
  • Publisher and city of publication
  • Date of Publication

book citation

Book Chapter Citation

Citations to book chapters will also include the title, author, and pages of the chapter.

book chapter citation

Check out our Understand Citations guide in Research Now! for more help with understanding citations.

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