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Bethel University Library

Decoding Bibliographic Citations

Trying to track down an item found in a reference list, but you don't know what it is or where to look for it? Help is here!

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!


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
  • Chapters of edited books (chapters written by different authors)
  • Theses / Dissertations

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