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Citing Sources and Using Style Guides: Citation Home

The Importance of Citation

Don't be plagued with plagiarism!


Milne Library staff also offer GOLD and general plagiarism avoidance workshops on citing sources in various disciplines.


Below is a fun tutorial describing copyright issues and avoiding plagiarism; the academic version of The Oatmeal.

Basic Citation Components

Citations of particular materials (i.e., books, journals, websites) are easily recognizable by the content that they require. When writing citations from scratch, be sure to include the following general components.


  • Title
  • Author(s)
  • Publisher
  • Publication Place
  • Year

Journal articles:

  • Title of article
  • Title of journal
  • Article author(s)
  • Volume
  • Issue
  • Year
  • Page numbers


  • Website author (a person or an organization)
  • Title of website
  • Web address
  • Date of last revision
  • Date that site was accessed


The Purdue Owl site has information on annotated bibliographies. The Citation Programs tab offers several different computer software programs to help you prepare your bibliography.

General Sites

Understanding Citations Tutorial