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How to Cite a Publication on a Résumé


When putting together a résumé, always include accomplishments that complement your professional development. If you've been published in a journal or magazine or have written a book, it's something that should be included. Set up much like a bibliography, a publication citation within a résumé will inform prospective employers of your publishing history. The information included in the complete citation will allow them to independently find your work and review it as part of evaluating your overall qualifications.

Choose a format for your résumé. The same format should be used for all referenced material in your résumé. There are several standard formats. APA (American Psychology Association) is used to cite most social science works. MLA (Modern Language Association) is used to cite liberal arts and humanities work.

Create a category and leave space on your résumé for your publications. Make sure the section is clearly delineated from other sections, and consistent with others as far as font, type size and style. In bold, create the heading of "Publications." Allow at least two spaces between this heading and your first entry. Indent at least six spaces and begin your citation under the "Publications" heading.

If you've written a book, use this style for MLA formatting: Last name, First name. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Medium of Publication.

Use this style for citing your book in APA: Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

Cite your journal or magazine publication this way if you're using MLA formatting: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.

If you're using APA for your publication, this is the correct style: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

About the Author

Spencer Hope Davis has been covering topics such as work balance, travel and health since 2001. An alumna of Cleveland State University and Kent State University, Davis earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in justice studies.

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