A citation that does not provide the minimum amount of information is considered incomplete. American Medical Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing how to document sources in a research paper Media Law. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Information on citation style is also available online. Citing References in Your Paper Writing Center, Univ. Resources for Documenting Sources OWL, Purdue Univ. Please send your comments to Joan Reitz, Haas Instruction Librarian, Western Connecticut State University.
Richard Nordquist is a freelance writer and former professor of English and Rhetoric who wrote college-level Grammar and Composition textbooks. Examples and Observations”Documentation has many meanings, from the broad—anything written in any medium—to the narrow—policies and procedures manuals or perhaps records. Adrienne Escoe, The Practical Guide to People-Friendly Documentation, 2nd. An issue more important than documentation form is knowing when to document. Perhaps the best tip for knowing when to document is to use common sense.