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What is a citation?
A well-constructed citation presents all of the information needed to identify or locate a specific resource (article, book, book chapter, video, etc.)
Citations are found in print indexes, online databases (MEDLINE, CINAHL, etc.), and bibliographies.
Journal articles, books, and other types of resources typically include lists of citations to facilitate access to content that has been quoted or referenced in the text.
What's in a citation?
The specific elements included in a citation will vary depending upon the type of material being cited.
The examples included in this guide identify citation elements for three of the most common resource types: j ournal articles, books, and book chapters.
Why don't all citations look the same?
There are many different citation styles based on the style manual or guide that is being followed. Find out more about frequently used citation styles in the Citation Styles LibGuide.