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HIP100 Research Skills Guide: Finding Subject 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, Google Scholar, or Journal Databases.

Below we list some of the most common resources and their citation structure when formatted in the APA 7th style.

Book citation structure: Author/s. Year of publication in parentheses. Book title in italics. Edition in parentheses. Publisher.Book chapter citation structure: Author/s. Year of publication in parentheses. Chapter title. Editor/s. Book title in italics. Edition and page numbers in parentheses. Publisher.Journal article citation structure: Author/s. Year of publication in parentheses. Article title. Journal title in italics. Volume in italics, issue in parentheses. Page numbers. DOI.Webpage citation structure: Author/s. Year of publication in parentheses. Title of work in italics. Title of site. URL.

Try This Activity

Activity: Identify whether the following citations are journal articles, books, or book chapters. Hover your mouse over each one to see the answer.

  1. Atkins, S. & Ersser, S. J. (2008). Clinical reasoning & patient-centred care. In J. Higgs., M. A. Jones., S. Loftus., & N. Christensen. (Eds.). Clinical reasoning in the health professions (3rd ed.). (pp. 77-87). Butterworth Heinemann.
  2. Dade-Smith, J. (2004). Australia’s rural and remote health: A social justice perspective. Tertiary Press.
  3. Harvey C. (2005). Wound healing. Orthopaedic Nursing, 24(2), 143-59.
  4. Stevenson, T. J. , Barclay-Goddard, R., & Ripat, J. (2005). Influences on treatment choices in stroke rehabilitation: survey of Canadian physical therapists. Physiotherapy Canada, 57(2), 135-44
  5. Higgs, J., Sefton, A., Street, L., McAllister, L. & Hay, I. (2005). Communicating in the health and social sciences. Oxford University Press.
  6. Daykin, A.R., (2004). Physiotherapists' pain beliefs and their influence on the management of patients with chronic low back pain. Spine, 29(7), 783-795.
  7. Taylor, S. (2008). The concept of health. In S. Taylor, M. Foster, & J. Fleming. (eds.). Health care practice in Australia. Policy, context & innovations (pp. 3-21). Oxford University Press.
  8. Barker, R. N. & Brauer, S. G. (2005). Upper limb recovery after stroke: The stroke survivors' perspective. Disability and Rehabilitation, 27(20), 1213-1223.

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