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Identifying Parts of a Citation: Identifying Types of Sources

This guide will help students to determine what identifying information should go on citation pages for most citation styles. Template courtesy of Nash Community College. This page illustrates how to interpret the parts of an MLA citation for different


This page will help users to distinguish among the major kinds of sources that  will be encountered in the library's research resources. It provides tips on what to look for to determine whether an item is a book, book chapter, or journal article.

Once a researcher decides what type of source is being used,  he or she will know what information is needed in order to cite it properly in a paper or presentation.

Is It a Book Chapter?

Is It a Journal Article?

Is it a Book?