When conducting library research, you will often need to find material based on the information in a reference list or reading list. In order to then locate that source, you will need to understand what the different elements of the reference mean and identify what type of source it is.
A reference is made up of some key details/elements about the source, that can broadly be broken down into the following:
You can normally identify the type of source by the information presented in the reference. Here are some tips for identifying some of the key types of source that you might come across on a reading/reference list:
Note the edition information, the publisher location (London) and publisher name (Library Association Publishing) which are included in the reference.
Note that the title of both the article ('Very low dose ketamine ... ') and the journal ('Acute pain') are included. The journal volume (10) and issue number (2) are also included.