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Decoding Bibliographic Citations

Having trouble identifying citations?

Have you found a citation in a reference list or bibliography, but aren't sure what type of resource it is so that you can physically track it down?

This guide will give you some tips!

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Types of Citations

Following are the types of citations that will be covered in this guide:

  • Periodical articles (articles in magazines, journals, newspapers, etc.)
  • Books
  • Parts of books (chapters written by different authors)
  • Books in a series
  • Conference proceedings/papers
  • Theses/dissertations
  • ERIC documents (Education Resources Information Center)

The type of information source it is will determine where you will search for it!


Questions about this guide?


Earleen Warner
Reference/Instruction Librarian
Bethel University Library