Citation Styles

Whether you are looking for information found in a book or an article, the information is provided in the form of citations. A citation allows you to locate the resource.

A book citation includes: An article citation includes:
  • Author(s) or editor(s)
  • Title of the book
  • Publisher of the book
  • Place of publication of the book
  • Date and/or copyright of the book

  • Author(s)
  • Title of the article
  • Title of the publication in which the article appears
  • Volume and number
  • Pages the article appear on
  • Date the article was published



Jones, Richard. Collaborating Among Libraries. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

T. Swan. "Anybody's game." Popular Science. Vol. 253 No 3. 1998: 81+.


ISSN stands for International Standard Serials Number. This is a unique number assigned to a specific magazine, journal, or newspaper.

It is an 8-digit number that looks like these:



Some of the research databases will provide an ISSN when you look at the search result.

This is important to have because Interlibrary Services uses the ISSN to order the specific article from the specific magazine, journal, or newspaper.

Citation Styles

There are several style manuals which will help you arrange the citation in the proper format.

An excellent website is the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' Library & Information Science: Citation Guide for Electronic Documents. (This site provides many links and a brief FAQ section.)

APA Citation Styles

Citing Medicine:  The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd ed., 2007

Citing government documents using MLA format.