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Citation Guide: Publication Date

Help with citing your sources for a research paper.

Essential Elements

Click on one of the following Core Elements 
to navigate this libguide.

(The core elements are required for each citation)

1. Author.
2. Title of Source.
3. Title of Container,
4. Other Contributors,
5. Version,
6. Number,
7. Publisher,
8. Publication Date,
9. Location.

  *  Optional Elements
**  In-Text Citations


Note: The publication date can be as broad as a year or season, or it can be as specific as a month, day, or time.

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Sample Citation - Publication Date

8. Publication Date: 
Identifies the date when a source was made available to the general public.

     Books: Publication date is typically the year a source is published.

      Journal Articles: Publication date may be identified with the season or the month when published.