The citation is more than proof of academic proof. In the real world, citation helps us relocate specific resources more easily. All citations are comprised of three basic types of information.
All media, print and otherwise, is created by individuals who may retain rights of ownership (copyright), but who certainly deserve credit for the work they have done. Including accurate details about contributors, such as authors, illustrators, editors, etc., provides recognition, as well as information that will help you or your reader relocate the source. Remember:
Specific identifiers, such as titles, are necessary to locating a copy of a resource. Because titles are designed to grab the potential reader's attention, an exact title--wording and spelling--are crucial. Remember:
Locating a copy of any resource is easier if you have information about who is responsible for the production, sale and distribution of a resource. In fact, knowing these will be a necessary part of locating an identical copy of a resource, if the material has been published in various versions by different publishers in the past. Make note of publishing or production companies and their addresses (city and state), as well as the copyright year of the publication you are holding. It may also be useful to record the original copyright date of a source. Remember:
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