Identifying the Parts of a Journal Citation

Identifying the Parts of a Journal Citation


This video will cover citing academic sources, specifically identifying the parts of a journal article citation. Why is it important to cite your sources? There are three important reasons to cite your sources: First, citations acknowledge the work and ideas of others. Second, citations support statements with evidence from the research. Third, citations help the reader to find the sources cited in the assignment. Finding the pieces you need to cite can be difficult and different citations styles require different information, but here are some common items to look out for. You have found a journal article from the library database that you will use to write your essay. According to your assignment requirements, you have to cite this source in APA style. So, let’s start by identifying the parts of the citation which should be found at the top of the first page of the journal article, in most cases. Identifying parts of a journal article citation. The first piece for this citation is the author’s last name followed by their first and sometimes middle initials. The authors are usually listed near the title of an article. Next, in the citation, is the year of publication and it appears in brackets. The year of publication is followed by the article title. The first letter of the title and subtitle are capitalized along with any proper nouns. However, the rest of the words in the article title are not capitalized. Next, the title of the journal appears in italics and capitalize all the words in the title of the journal. Volume and issue numbers are next. It is important to note that only the volume number is listed first and in italics while the issue number is not in italics. the issue number is in brackets with no spaces between it and the volume number. Next in this citation is the page numbers. Be sure to use the page numbers from the pdf version of the article. The DOI stands for digital object identifier and it is a unique number given to online articles. It can be found at the top or near the bottom of the page. It is the last piece of the citation and please note, there is no period after the doi This is the completed journal article citation for our example. It is cited in APA style. Take a look at the “Reference Help” page under “Quick Links” on our UTM Library Homepage. Click on the “Citing Your Sources” link and you will see a list of resources to help you with creating citations according to specific style guides. If you need any help, feel free to stop by the reference desk at the library, phone or use the online chat, and we can help!

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