|How to Read a Citation in the Readers'
Below is a sample citation from the sample page of the
Readers' Guide. The parts of each citation are always in
the same order. From left to right are shown: 1) the title of the article; 2)
the first initial(s) and last name of the author; 3)
the title of magazine or journal in which the article is located; 4) the volume and number of the issue of
that magazine or journal; 5) the page number where the article can can be
found; and 6) the date of the magazine or journal issue.
Readers' Guide citations include many
abbreviations such as those in the example above. The meanings of the abbreviations in this
example are: v = volume, no = number, p = page, and Ap =
April. A list of abbreviations and what they mean can be found in the first few
pages of any volume of the Readers' Guide.
"Enhancement" is the term the Readers' Guide uses for a phrase enclosed
in brackets [ ] which sometimes appears after a title. When the title of an
article is not clear enough to make it obvious what the article is about, an enhancement
is placed after the title to clarify the subject.
See and See also references appear often in the
|A See reference
after a heading, as in the example at right, tells you when a different
heading is used instead of the term you are looking at.
|A See also
reference tells you of other headings you can look up which are about
similar subjects. This is very useful when you are not able to find
enough articles about your topic under the first heading you found.
Authors' Names vs. Personal Names as
Articles usually are listed under the author's name (last name, then first) as
well as under the subject(s) the article is about. If an article is written about a
person, the word "about" appears in italics in the center of the
column, between the person's name (when listed as the
subject heading) and the citation, as seen in the example below. Note that
this citation contains an "enhancement" (see explanation above).
Please ask the library staff
for assistance If you need help using the Readers' Guide to
Periodical Literature, or for finding information in the library.