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Glossary of Selected Terms
Brief summary of or your personal thoughts on a source. An annotation can be added to the end of a citation and can answer questions like:
- What is the quality of the source?
- How does this source relate to your paper or project?
- What does the source focus on?
- What are its strengths and weaknesses?
Person who originally wrote or made a book, blog, poem, play, article, podcast, digital image, etc.
Either a person, group, or organisation that contributed to a piece of work. This includes, but is not limited to, an editor, writer, performer, interviewer, and director.
The month, day, and year a work was accessed or reviewed online. This information only applies to online resources like websites, online journal articles, etc.
DOI stands for “Digital Object Identifier.” A DOI can be used to identify a digital object and each is unique. Many journal articles have one.
- Example DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-06948-9
The date (month, day, year) a work was published online. Not always shown on a webpage.
The form in which a work was shared or published. Here is one example:
- Painting/Artwork: Oil on wood, Watercolors on paper, Bronze, etc.
Place of Publication
The city, state, or country of the publisher. Depending on the style, you may or may not need this information.
Organisation 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. http://www.citethisforme.com/ is an example of a URL.