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What is a Citation?

Sometimes a professor will provide you with a citation to find a resource in the library. You need to be able to properly read the citation to be able to find it on the library website. The following explains how to find books and book chapters from a citation. For example, your professor gives you the following information about a book that might be useful for class:

Conner, C. (2014). Grow a sustainable diet : Planning and growing to feed ourselves and the earth. New York: New Society Publishers.

Breaking down the citation yields the following information:

Information Elements Item Information
Author(s) Conner, Cindy
Title Grow a Sustainable Diet : Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth
Place of Publication New York
Publisher Name New Society Publishers
Year of Publication 2014

Using a Citation to find a book in Summon

Advanced search in Summon

To find a book by title, in Summon, click on Advanced Search. Change the drop-down menu to "Title". Type the title in the search box and click on the Search button.