Differentiating between Citation Types

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Articles (Magazine, Journal, etc.)

Usually contain an article title, the title of the magazine or journal, and the pages numbers. Usually a volume and/or issue number or an issue date. No location or publisher.

AuthorArticle TitleJournal TitleVolumes and/or Issue #Date
Howell, Dr. Ryan T. "What Causes Materialism in America?" Psychology Today. 23 Mar. 2014. Web. 15 Apr. 2015.
Bridges, L., Rempel, H., & Griggs, K. (2010). Making the case for a fully mobile library web site: from floor maps to the catalog.Reference Services Review, 38, 309-320.


Often the simplest citations. No page numbers or chapter titles. Should have a publisher and publication place, often separated by a colon.

Author or EditorBook TitleLocationPublisherDate
Fling, Brian. (2009) Mobile Design and Development. Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly.
Women of Minnesota: selected biographical essays. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1977.

Book Chapters

Contain all the aspects of a book citation (e.g., location and publisher) as well as page numbers and often a chapter title. Often the chapter author is different than the book editor.

Author(s)Chapter TitleBook TitleEditor(s)LocationPublisherDatePages
Beaty, Bart. "Autobiography as Authenticity." A Comics Studies Reader. Ed. Jeet Heer and Kent Worcester. Jackson, University of Mississippi Press, 2009. 226-235.
Rader, P.J. (2012), "Readings and Rebellions in Persepolis and Persepolis 2", in Jakaitis, J. and and Wurtz, J.F. (Eds.), Crossing Boundaries in Graphic Narrative: Essays on Forms, Series and Genres, McFarland, Jefferson, N.C., pp. 123-137.