For example, understanding the elements of citations helps with
In this workshop, you will learn
(in no particular order)
Different type of works require different types of citation elements. The 3 most common types of works you will encounter are:
You might be given a complete citation. Knowing how to interpret the elements will help you access that material.
1. Read from left to right
MLA example of a journal article citation:
Benjamin, Shanna Greene. “The Space That Race Creates: An Interstitial Analysis of Toni Morrison’s ‘Recitatif.’” Studies in American Fiction, vol. 40, no. 1, 2013, pp. 87-106.
APA example of a journal article
Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217. https://doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000185
2. Pick out key elements
3. Identify what type of work it is. This will help you develop a strategy for finding the information.
4. How can you access it?
Research Minutes is a series for undergraduate students at Cornell University covering library research topics. This episode covers how to read citations of books, book articles, and journal articles.