When adding a resource to your research material you are required to indicate one of three sources:
- Hardcopy (softcover or hardcover): for physical copies of resources (e.g., from a library)
- Online: for resources found on the internet
- Database (ie., downloaded): for resources found in a database
The citation and reference templates require this data to ensure that the citation is accurate (e.g., adding the Doi if it is available).
Source = Hardcopy
- Library or archive name
- Location of library or archive
- Call number (bookshelf location)
- Accession number (as issued by the library or archive)
This data is, essentially, optional, and rarely used with referencing purposes. However, it is always advisable to add the data if you have ift so you can find the item again.
Source = Online
- Website name
- URL (mandatory, add the full address starting with http://)
- Website owner
- Digital Object Identifier (DOI); (see Database)
This data is generally optional, except the URL, but can be used for some style guides. It also provides some handy reference data to enable recall of the item.
Source = Database
- Database name (mandatory)
- Digital Object Identifier (DOI); also required for Online
- Database Identifier (mandatory, i.e., item number)
The name of the database and the identifier are, essentially, mandatory when using this source. The additional data can be useful for finding the item at a later date
Always add as much data as you can
Hardcopy is the default source, but you can add data to all three if you desire. Items found online can also be added as 'hardcopy', especially if you have the full text.
- Accurate referencing built-in
- Adding a resource
- Inserting a citation
- Primary templates