Understanding Publication Formats and Citations
The LCSC Library has many different kinds of publications for you to use. What library patrons can find confusing is that we don't have one handy place to look for all the resources at your disposal.
We don't make it confusing for you on purpose! We buy products from many different companies, and, so far, we don't have a way to link all our information resources into one resource.
This tutorial will explain how to find the different kinds of resources we have. There are 2 main categories of library materials:
We'll discuss each of these types of publications in this tutorial. If you would like to skip ahead to a particular publication type, click on the list above.
In this tutorial, we will also look at citations for these publications. A citation is a short description of a published work to let other readers know of the publication's existence. The reader should be able to get enough information from the citation to find the item and read it, too. A citation usually (but not always) includes a title, an author, and where and when the material was published.
While most citations give the same pieces of information (author, title, etc.), the order in which they are given depends upon the style being used. Most indexes use the style chosen by their publishers. Your instructor will tell you which style he or she wants you to use when you write your papers. Eventually, you will be so accustomed to reading citations that an unfamiliar style will not present any problems for you. In the meantime, you can always ask the Reference Librarians to help you with a citation that is unfamiliar to you.
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