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Citation Guide: Title of Source

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 examples on the right demonstrate whether the title of a source should be in Quotation Marks or in Italics.

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Sample Citation

2. Title of Source:
      Titles follow the author's name, which will be in italics or quotation marks depending on the type of source. 

      Books: Should be in italics.

      Websites: Should be in italics.

      Periodicals: (Journal, magazine, newspaper article) should be in quotation marks:

      Songs or Piece of Music on an Album:
 Should be in quotation marks: