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Glossary of Selected Terms


Brief summary of or your personal thoughts on a source. Can be added to the end of a citation.

Date Accessed

The month, day, and year a work was accessed or reviewed online.

Electronically Published

The date (month, day, year) a work was published online. Not always shown on a webpage.

Place of Publication

The city, state, or country of the publisher. Depending on the style, you may or may not need this information.


Organization or individual that facilitated the publishing or sharing of a source.


Abbreviation tagged on to the end of a name that provides additional information about a person. This includes suffixes like Jr., Sr., II, etc.


The title is what the work you are citing is called. If there is no title, some styles ask for a description of the source instead.


URL is an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator. It is how you find a page on the internet; the address of the web page. is a URL example


The form in which a work was shared or published. Here is one example.

  • Painting/Artwork: Oil on wood, Watercolors on paper, Bronze, etc.

Either a person, group, or organization that contributed to a piece of work. This includes, but is not limited to, an editor, writer, performer, interviewer, and director.


Person who originally wrote or made a book, blog, poem, play, article, podcast, digital image, etc.