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Your instructor may indicate which style they want you to use in the assignment's description or class syllabus. Below are the generally recommended subject specific style guides.

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.

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