Checklist for citations
1. Use the resources on the Library’s Citing Info page for the citation format you need.
2. Check the kind of source you are using
- Is it print, electronic, or other?
- Is the source in a book, a print journal, a journal in an online database, on online journal or magazine, a website, or another kind of source?
- Did you use the whole source (the entire book or website, for example), or just an article in it?
3. Gather the following information as is appropriate for your source
- Article or chapter title, and page numbers
- Title of whole source (book, journal, documentary, website, etc)
- Author(s) (last and first names). It may be an organization name, or a government agency.
- City and publisher of book, sponsor of website, or name of database
- Date of issue or publication (and edition number if necessary)
4. Write your citation using all the information your citation handout instructs for the kind of source you are citing.
- Did I include all the parts of the citation I’m supposed to?
- Is the information that I gathered for the citation correct? (It’s a good idea to test URLs.)
- Are all the parts in the right order?
- Did I leave a hanging indent?
- Did I capitalize the title of the article and/or the title of the source the way it is in the handout?
- Did I put the volume and issue numbers, page number and date in the exact same format as in the handout?
- Did I italicize where I’m supposed to?
- Did I correctly punctuate my citation for the style?