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Citation Styles: Components of a citation

What is a citation made of?

A citation is made of parts, each part indicating specific information about the source (author, title, page no., etc… -  depends on the resource). This bibliographic information together makes up a complete full citation. That's why a reference list is sometimes also called a 'Bibliography'.


A full citation will give the reader a clue as to the type of resource being described (chapter in a book, electronic journal article, thesis, etc.). The below example follows the APA style and is a journal article in print format:

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