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Cite It Right!

Citation information to be used with the Cite It Right - Got Research? workshops

Cite It Right!

Length: 2:18

The Citation from Caity Selleck on Vimeo.

What is a citation?

A citation is all the information about a given source organized according to a standard format. Using citations gives credit to an author or creator for their research, writings and ideas.

Citations include information such as:

  • author's name,
  • title of the book, article or website, 
  • name of the magazine or journal, 
  • date published or updated
  • if the information was found in print or online

A URL is NOT a citation
 

Screen shot shows new york times article with URL crossed out

What do I include in a citation for an internet source?

MLA requires as much of the following information as possible:
      Author's name
      Title of the work
      Title of the website
      Name of the website sponsor
      Date of the most recent update
      Web (to show this is not a print source)
      Date of access (or the date you looked at the website)
APA requires as much of the following information as possible:
      Author's name
      Date of publication or update
      Title of the source
      URL  ("Retrieved from" followed by the url)  or
      DOI - Digital Object Identifier  - for online newspaper, magazine or journal articles.
CMS or Chicago Manual of Style requires as much of the following information as possible:
      Author's name
      Title of the work
      Title of the source
      Date of publication or update

      URL