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What is a citation, and what can I do with one?

 

A citation is a crucial part of finding articles in databases and requesting them through interlibrary loan. Here is a citation written in APA Style: 

Konuspayeva, G., Konuspayeva, G., Faye, B., Camier, B., Gaucheron, F., Faye, B., . . . Gaucheron, F. (2014). Some parameters to process camel milk into cheese. Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, 26(4), 354-358. doi:10.9755/ejfa.v26i4.17277

As a rule, a citation usually contains:
  1. Title of an article: Some parameters to process camel milk into cheese. 
  2. Author: Konuspayeva, G., Konuspayeva, G., Faye, B., Camier, B., Gaucheron, F., Faye, B., . . . Gaucheron, F.
  3. Name of the publication / source (journal, magazine, newspaper) that the article appeared in: Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture.
  4. Volume #: 26.
  5. Issue #: (4).
  6. Page numbers: 354-358.
  7. Date of publication: (2014).

‚ÄčIt's important to record citations by writing them out, printing them, or saving them for two reasons: (1) they help you locate the full-text of the article and (2) you will need the citation when it comes time to cite your research in a bibliography.

UMD librarians will be able to assist you more readily if you can provide them with a citation. At minimum, the author's name and some keywords will go a long way to track down items.