Read a Citation


  • A citation is the information such as author(s), date, title, etc., and date which identifies a book, article, document, or website.
  • The parts of a citation and the ordering of the parts differs depending on the type of publication: book, journal article, website article or document.
  • A complete citation enables a reader to locate the source based on the parts of the citation.


  • Author(s)
  • Publication year
  • Book Title
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher name


Waters, D. & Rinsler, S. (2014). Global logistics: New directions in supply chain management. Philadelphia, PA: Kogan Page.

Article from an Online Database

  • Author(s)
  • Publication year
  • Article title
  • Periodical title
  • Volume number
  • Issue number
  • Issue pages
  • DOI or digital object identifier (if available)


Cook, B. G., & Schirmer, B. R. (2003). What is special about special education?: Overview and analysis. The Journal of Special Education, 37(3), 200-205.

Article or Information from a Website

  • Author(s) or Organization
  • Publication year, month, day (if available)
  • Title of Web article or document
  • Retrieved from Website address – http://URL


Kleiner, A, & Powell, J. (2015, October 21). Bran Ferren on the art of innovation. Retrieve from

Government Document or Report

  • Issuing government departments and/or agencies
  • Publication year, month, date (if relevant)
  • Title of report or document
  • Report number (if available)
  • Retrieved from URL


United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2015, November 6). Economic news release: Employment Situation Summary (October). Retrieved from