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POLS 4256: Political Economy of Japan (Reimann): Identifying Types of Sources

Information and resources for students enrolled in POLS 4256: Political Economy of Japan.

Intro

This page illustrates how to interpret the parts of a citation for different types of sources. This is important when one has a citation in hand (for example, from the bibliography of a journal article, from a website, or from a professor) and wants to track down the original source. 

The examples are all cited in the citation style of the American Political Science Association.

Use the information on this page when searching for citations provide to you by Dr. Reimann on her Suggested Topics bibliography.

Is it a Citation for a Book?

Citations for books will generally include the author's name, the title of the book, a place of publication, the name of the publisher, and a year of publication.

Look for:

  • a single title
  • publisher information
  • no page numbers

Is it a Citation for a Book Chapter?

In addition to the regular parts of a book citation. a citation for a book chapter will also generally include, the author(s) of the chapter, the title of the chapter in parentheses, the title of the book, the editors of the book (if the book was edited), the place of publication, the name of the publisher, the year of publication, and the page numbers of the chapter.

Look for:

  • both a chapter title AND a book title
  • publisher information
  • page numbers

Is it a Citation for a Journal Article?

Citations for articles in scholarly journals will generally include the author of the article, the title of the article enclosed in quotes, the name of the journal, the volume and issue numbers, the date of publication, and the page numbers.

Look for:

  • both an article title (in quotes) AND a journal title
  • a volume number (and sometimes an issue number)
  • page numbers

Is it a Citation for a web page?

Citations for web pages will generally include the author (if one is listed), the title of the article or page, the name of the website, the publisher of the website (if listed), the date of publication, and the date the web page was accessed by the user.

 

APSA Style Manual for Political Science

The following links provide information on the citation style of the American Political Science Association. For information on other styles (including APA, Chicago, and MLA), consult the library Citation Syles research guide.