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ACC384 Research Skills Guide: Recommended readings

Interpreting Citations

Recommended readings in your subject site can give you an idea of the type of resources that your lecturer values.

Distinguishing between citations for books, book chapters, journal articles and websites can help you to search for the items in Primo Search or Journal Databases.

Below we list some of the most common resources and their citation structure when formatted in the APA 6th style.

Book citations should have the following structure: Author/s. Year of publication in parentheses. Book title in italics. Edition in parentheses. Place of publication and publisher.

Book section/chapter citations should have the following structure: Author/s. Year of publication in parentheses. Chapter title. Editor name/s. Book title in italics. Page numbers. Place of publication and publisher.

Journal article citations should have the following structure: Author/s. Year of publication in parentheses. Article title. Journal title in italics. Volume. Issue in parentheses. Page numbers. Retrieval information.

Webpage citations should have the following structure: Website author/s. Year of publication in parentheses. Page name. Retrieval information.

Journals and journal articles

What is a journal?

Journals are publications produced on a regular basis, eg. weekly, monthly, 4 times per year.

Journals can be published as popular (entertaining), trade (industry information), or academic (scholarly).

Academic journals are published on specific subject areas by academic publishers, universities, or professional associations.

You can access many of our journals online.

What is a journal article?

A journal article is a piece of writing reporting on the results of research conducted by academic scholars or industry practitioners.

They are an important source of information for your coursework at University as they contain the most current research available.

Articles are usually evaluated by the author's peers before being published (peer reviewed or refereed).

Peer reviewed (also known as refereed) journals contain the highest quality research.

 

(used with permission from University of Newcastle)