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English Communication: Components of a citation

Use this guide to explore resources relating to the study of English & Creative Writing at Khalifa University

What is a citation made of?

A citation is made of parts, each part indicating specific information about the source (author, title, page no., etc.  -  depending on the resource). This bibliographic information together makes up a complete full citation. 

A full citation will give the reader a clue as to the type of resource being described (chapter in a book, electronic journal article, thesis, etc.) 

A reference list or list of cited works at the end of a paper is sometimes called a 'Bibliography' because it provides bibliographic information.  

Parts of a full citation