How to interpret what you see when you're researching.
When you're researching, knowing that you're looking at a record or citation for a book, a journal article, a newspaper article, etc. will not only help you get the item more quickly, but it will also help you accurately follow the citation style that your professor requires.
If you were searching the UCLA Library catalog, you'd see something like this:
Big hints that this is a record for a book:
it includes the city and state of publication, as well as the year it was published
it's 290 pages long
it has 11 pages of bibliographical references and an index
the "B" in "ISBN" stands for "book"
Citations for books usually include the author's or editor's name, title of the book, place of publication, publisher, and year of publication. Be sure to keep track of this information so you can write your citations for your bibliography later.
Here's what the complete MLA Citation for this book would look like at the end of a paper:
Wilcox, Rhonda and David Lavery, eds. Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Lanham, MD:
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.
If you were searching an article database, you'd see something like this:
Big hints that this is a record for a journal article:
it includes the title of the journal (source) and the title of the article
it includes a volume number—"v35" means "volume 35"
it includes an issue number—"i3" means "issue 3"
it includes a season (Winter), but not all journal citations include this information
it's 16 pages long
Citations for journal articles usually include the author's name, title of the article, title of the journal, volume number, issue number, date of publication, and page numbers. Be sure to keep track of this information so you can write your citations for your bibliography later. You'll also need this information to find the article in the library.
Here's what the complete MLA Citation for this article would look like at the end of a paper:
Early, Frances H. "Staking Her Claim: Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Transgressive Woman Warrior." Journal of Popular Culture 35.3 (2001): 11-27.
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