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Citation Guide

This guide provides only the most common kind of references. For all reference examples, please consult the latest edition of the APA, MLA or CSE style manual located at the Reference Desk. Choose one example that is most like your source and follow the format.

Note:
* When in doubt, provide more information rather than less.
** Punctuation is an important component of each style. Pay close attention to the punctuation in each example.

Guide to MLA : Modern Languages Association Style Manual - 8th Ed.
*** Punctuation is an important component of each style. Pay close attention to the punctuation in each example.
Book/eBook

Reference:

Format: (Print)
Author's Last name, First name. Title of Book. Publisher, publication
year.

Example 1: 
Townsend, Robert. The Medieval Village Economy. Princeton University
Press, 1993.

Format: (eBook)
Author's Last name, First name. Title of Book. Publisher, publication
year. Name of the database, URL.

Example 2:
 
Pettegree, Andrew. The Invention of News: How the World Came to
Know about Itself
. Yale University Press, 2014. eBook
Academic Collection (EBSCOhost)
, raweb.njcu.edu:2048/
login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=
true&db=nlebk&AN=692353&site=ehost-live.

In -Text:

Example 1: 
(Townsend 158 )

Example 2:
 (Pettegree 168)

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Entry in an Encyclopedia

 

 

Reference:

 

Format:
Author's Last name, First name. "Title of the Entry." Title of the
Encyclopedia
. Edition, Year.

Example 1: (one author)
Bergmann, Peter. "Relativity." The New Encyclopaedia Britannica. 17th ed., 1993.

Example 2: (no author)
"Imago." World Book Encyclopedia. 2000.

Note:
If an entry has no author, place the title of the entry in the author position.
Do not cite the editor of the encyclopedia.

In -Text:

Example 1:
(Bergmann 125)

Example 2:
("Imago")

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Work in an Anthology

Reference:

Format:
Author's Last name, First name. "Title of the Essay." (or Title of the Play)
Title of the Anthology, edited by Editor's Name(s), Publisher, Year,
Page range of entry.

Example 1:( a work in an anthology)
More, Hannah. "The Black Slave Trade: A Poem." British Women Poets of the Romantic Era, edited by Paula R. Feldman, Johns Hopkins UP,1997, 472-82.

Example 2: (a play)
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. Black Theater: A Twentieth -
Century Collection of the Work of Its Best Playwrights, edited by
Lindsay Patterson, Dodd, 1971, 221-76.

In -Text:

Example 1:
(More 472-82)

Example 2:
(Hansberry 221-76)

 
Periodical Article in Print

Reference:

Format: (Scholarly journal)
Author's Last name, First name. "Title of Article." Title of the Journal,
volume #, issue #, year, pages.

Example 1:
Martinez-Pons, Marie. "Parental Influences on Children's Academic Self-Regulatory Development." Theory Into Practice 41.2 (2002): 126-
32. Print.

Format: (Magazine)
Author's Last name, First name. "Title of Article." Title of the Journal,
Day Month Year, pages.

Example 2:
Nehta, Pratap Bhanu. "Exploding Myths." New Republic, 6 June 1998,
pp. 17-9.

Note:
Abbreviate all months except May, June and July.

In -Text:

Example 1:
(Martinez-Pons 128-29)

Example 2:
(Nehta 17)

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Journal Article Retrieved from Library Databases

Reference:

 

Format:
Author's Last name, First name. "Title of Article." Title of the
Journal,
volume, issue, year, pages. Title of the Database, doi:
xxxxxxxxxx. Day month year accessed (optional).

Example 1 (Article with a DOI) :
Correa, Teresa. “Acquiring a New Technology at Home: A Parent-Child
Study about Youths’ Influence on Digital Media Adoption in a
Family.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, vol. 60, no. 1,
Mar. 2016, pp. 123-39. EBSCOhost, doi:
10.1080/08838151.2015.1127238. Accessed 28 Mar. 2017.

Example 2 (Article without a DOI) :
Martinez-Pons, Marie. "Parental Influences on Children's Academic Self-
Regulatory Development." Theory Into Practice, vol. 41, no. 2,
2002,pp. 126-32. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com.  

In -Text:

Example 1:
(Correa 123-39)

Example 2:
( Martinez-Pons 221-76)

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Website

Reference:

 

The vast variety and inconsistency of web sites can present challenges
for creating accurate references. The following are two basic formats for
citing web site information.

Format: (Citing an entire Web Site)
Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Title of Site. Version,
Sponsor or publisher, date of creation (if available), URL. Date of
access (if applicable).

Example 1:
Bartleby.com : Great Books Online. Bartleby.com Inc., 2009. Accessed
28 Mar. 2017.

Format: (Citing a work from a web site)
Last name, First name of author (if given). "Title of Work." Title of Web
Site
Version, Sponsor or publisher, date of creation (if available),
URL. Date of access (if applicable).

Example 2:
Elliott, Daphne. "Greek Creation Myths." Encyclopedia Mythica.
Encyclopedia Mythica, 2009, http://www.pantheon.org/areas/
mythology/europe/greek/greek_creation_myths.html.

In -Text:

Example 1:
(Bartleby)

Example 2:
(Elliott)

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Style Manuals

College writing usually recommends two major style manuals: APA and MLA.
There are other style manuals that may be suggested by professors. These manuals are available in the library reference area.

  • Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Ed.
    Call number: Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2010.
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 8th Ed.
    Call number: Ref. LB 2369 .M52 2016.
  • A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations (Turabian) 8th Ed. Call number: Ref. LB2369 .T8 2013.
  • The Chicago manual of style 16th Ed.
    Call number: Ref. Z253 .U69 2010
  • Scientific style and format : the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers 8th Ed.
    Call number: Ref. T11 .S386 2014
  • The Columbia guide to online style 2nd Ed.
    Call number: Ref. PN171 .F56 W35 2006
  • American Sociological Association Style Guide 4th Ed.
    Call number: Ref. HM569 .A54 2010
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