No matter the style, the basic components you need for each type of source remain relatively constant. Here are the components for a few types of frequently used sources:
You might be asking us, “But why do I need all of this information?” No, citation guides are not out to get you! Each piece of a citation has a specific purpose, as we explain below.
Having trouble finding the right information in a source? Things like publishing location can sometimes be tricky to pinpoint. If you’ve looked all over the copyright page, title page, binding, and cover, just go to Google and search the publisher’s name. You’ll likely find the publisher’s address, which should tell you what city the company is located in. Another trick is to look the book up on Amazon 1 —sometimes they’ll have the right information in the “Product Details” section.