Library:How to Cite/What

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What:

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What type of material did your source come from? Note, different material types have different citation elements so "what" to record can differ from source to source.

Just a few examples:

  • Book chapter versus blog entry: Book citations include the city of publication; blog citations never include this information.
  • Edited book versus journal article: Books with editors (usually collections of essays, plays, poetry etc.) require that you cite the editor as well as the author of the chapter you used; Journals have editors too but article citations do not include the editor's name.
  • Online article versus e-Book chapter: Some citation styles require that you include the date you accessed an online article or website; e-Book citations do not include the date accessed.
  • Monograph versus anthology: Monographs (books where the entire publication was written by an author or group of authors) require that you cite the book title only, not the title of the chapter you are quoting from; anthologies (collections of essays, plays, poetry etc all written by different people) require that you cite the title of the anthology AND the title of the chapter you are quoting from.