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BIOL 4681: Biology Seminar

Create a complete citation

Before creating a complete citation, you need to know which citation style to use (There are different styles!). Check if your professor wants you to use a certain style. If not, choose one you like and use it for every citation. Consistency is important.

Remember to use in-text citations (citations within the body of your paper) every time you quote or use information from an article you read.

Below are a few different citation styles:


Below is information on how to gather the information needed for a complete citation. You need:

  1. Author(s) name(s)
  2. Date of publication
  3. ARTICLE title
  4. JOURNAL title
  5. Journal volume number
  6. Journal issue number (if there is one)
  7. Article's page range

Citation Information in an EBSCOhost Database

In an EBSCOhost database, you will find that information in the following locations:


Citation Information on the Full Text Article

The actual location of this information can vary. For example, below is the location of the citation information found on the article itself (the PDF):

Note that the page range is missing. If getting the page range from the article itself, write down the page number from the first page and the very last page of the article.

Test Yourself!

Take this optional self-quiz to see if you understand how to identify the pieces of a citation.