New Student's Guide to the Library: Recognize Article Citations

Incoming freshmen and new students: start here to use library resources

Look for:

  • AUTHOR of the article
  • TITLE of the article
  • name of the JOURNAL
  • VOLUME number
  • ISSUE number (some styles omit this when a volume uses continuous paging)
  • PAGE NUMBERS of the article
  • DATE of publication
  • digital object identifier (DOI) if provided

How these elements are arranged varies depending on the citation style used.

Sample Article Citations

Chicago style for an article that was accessed online and has a DOI:

Stanger-Hall, Kathrin F., and Julianne A. Wenner. "A Mixed Exam Format Closes the Gap for Students with a Conflict
   Between Their Religious Belief and the Theory of Evolution." The American Biology Teacher 76, no. 2 (February
   2014):101-8. doi:10.1525/abt.2014.76.2.6.

 

MLA style for an article accessed through a print journal (i.e, paper copy):

Granic, Isabela, Adam Lobel, and Rutger C. M. E. Engels. "The Benefits of Playing Video Games." American
    Psychologist 69.1 (2014): 66-78. Print.

 

APA style for an article that was accessed online and has a DOI:

Gillen-O'Neel, C., Huynh, V. W., & Fuligni, A. J. (2013). To study or to sleep? The academic costs of extra studying at the
      expense of sleep. Child Development, 84, 133-142. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8624.2012.01834.x

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