- Typical book citation elements:
- Title, Author, Place of Publication, Publisher, Date of Publication.
Search for the article title either in the Discovery Search, Google, or Google Scholar. The article record, in the Discovery Search or on the publisher website, will give you all the citation elements you need to cite it:
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- Typical journal article citation elements:
- Title of the Article, Author, Title of the Journal, Volume and Issue Number, Date of Publication, Page Numbers.
Some elements, such as author, journal issue, page numbers, or DOI can be tricky to track down or may not exist. If you've done all you can to find all of the citation elements but some are still missing, note that a few citation styles allow you to use placeholders or abbreviations.
Perhaps you have a print or online document but are not sure what it is (a book chapter? an article? a report?), or your professor has cited a source in a syllabus, but the citation is incomplete. The best way to find out what this document is would be to search for the title, or as much identifying information as possible, in Google or Google Scholar.
If you are still having difficulties identifying a source, contact a librarian.