This tutorial is about interpreting journal article citations in print and online indexes. Most indexes have their own citation styles and it is impossible to illustrate them all. The purpose of every citation style is to concisely identify a published work for use in bibliographies.

For illustration purposes this tutorial uses its own citation format. The concepts embodied can then be generalized to other citation styles.

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