What is this citation for and how do I find it? 

A bibliographic citation, the convention normally used to acknowledge a work quoted in a paper, contains basic information needed to locate an item. There are different formats for citing books, journal articles, chapters in books, dissertations, pamphlets, videocassettes, and many other formats. This guide focuses on books, journal articles, and book chapters.

Books

In general, the publication information, which includes place of publication, publisher, and year, identifies a book (or part of a book).

To find books, search in the OneSearch box on the library's home page, and select Books and Media.  If we don't have the book, you can request it through CSU+ or Interlibrary Loan.

Periodical articles (journal, magazine, and newspaper articles)

In general, the publication information, which includes volume number, date and page numbers, identifies a journal article.

To find periodical articles, check to see if we have the publication using our Journal by Title search. This will tell you if the library subscribes to the journal and what database it is in (or whether it's in print or microfilm). Note the year of the article and choose the database that covers that year. You can also use our Find Your Citation tool 

Book chapters

Chapters of books can be identified by the presence of two titles, the title of the chapter and the title of the book. Two names may be listed as well; the author of the chapter and the editor. The same publication information that appears in a book citation, place of publication, publisher, and year, will also appear here: 

To find books, search in the OneSearch box on the library's home page, and select Books and Media.  If we don't have the book, you can request it through CSU+ or Interlibrary Loan. Just remember to search for the book title rather than the chapter title.