Chicano/Latino Studies: Citing Sources

An overview of researching Chicano/Latino Studies at PSU Library and beyond.

Selected Online Citation Guides

How to Read a Citation

A bibliographic citation, the convention normally used to acknowledge a work quoted in a paper, contains basic information needed to locate an item. There are different formats for citing books, journal articles, chapters in books, dissertations, pamphlets, videocassettes, and many other formats. For the purpose of the exercise, we are going to focus on books, journal articles and book chapters.



In general, the publication information, including place of publication, publisher and year, identifies a book (or part of a book).


In general, the publication information, including volume number, date and page numbers, identifies a journal article.


Chapters of books can be identified by the presence of two titles, the title of the chapter and the title of the book. Two names may be listed as well -- the author of the chapter and the editor. The same publication information that appears in a book citation will also appear here: place of publication,publisher, and year.

Submitted by Jennifer Dorner.

Citation Generators

Citation Generators make it easy to cite your sources in the correct format. Click here to see a list of free citation generators.

Citation Management Tools

With these tools you can collect book and article citations from the library catalog and databases. Then using a plugin for MS Word, you can insert those citations into your paper in the appropriate format. 

See the library guide, Manage Citations with Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote, on how to use these tools.