How to Cite Items From This Repository

I. Previously published papers — Publisher versions

Posted here with the publisher’s permission or because the document is in the public domain

1. Cite the original publication—journal, volume, date, page numbers, doi, etc.

There is no specific need to cite the UNL Digital Commons repository, but of course we are happy to receive the recognition and a link. Doing so will direct readers to an open-access copy, whereas the publisher copy may be behind a subscription wall. Follow the suggested format in #2 below.

II. Previously published papers — Author versions

1. Cite the original publication—journal, volume, date, page numbers, doi, etc.

2. Add “accessed [date] from [URL]”
(Note: the URL is given in the browser address bar at the html cover page from which the article was downloaded; it is also shown on the opening cover page within the PDF document. Do not cite the URL that may appear in the browser address bar of the downloaded document, as this is not necessarily a persistent URL and contains “housekeeping info,” extraneous and unsightly numbers, and “junk DNA”, e.g.


Journal article

G.-C. Gil, W. H. Velander, & K. E. Van Cott, N-glycosylation microheterogeneity and site occupancy of an Asn-X-Cys sequon in plasma-derived and recombinant protein C, Proteomics 9 (2009), pp. 2555–2567; doi: 10.1002/pmic.200800775. Accessed 1/26/2010 from

Book chapter

S. G. Burnett, German Jewish Printing in the Reformation Era (1530-1633), in D. P. Bell and S. G. Burnett, eds., Jews, Judaism, and the Reformation in Sixteenth-Century Germany (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2006), pp. 503–527. Accessed 1/26/2010 from

III. Original materials not previously published elsewhere

1. Cite author, title, date, etc. The “publisher” is UNL Digital Commons.


M. A. B. Maggenti, A. R. Maggenti, & S. L. Gardner, Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology, UNL Digital Commons, 2005. Accessed 1/26/2010 from

P. Royster, Thomas Pynchon: A Brief Chronology, UNL Digital Commons, 2005 (2009 update). Accessed 1/26/2010 from>

IV. Theses and Dissertations

Follow the usual style for your field or discipline. Adding a link or citation to the online version is optional, but would probably be appreciated by the author.


J. L. Canterbury, Songs of the Wild: Temporal and Geographical Distinctions in the Acoustic Properties of the Songs of the Yellow-Breasted Chat. PhD diss., Department of Animal Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2007. Accessed 1/26/2010 from

In general, follow the standard or usual style for your discipline or intended journal for punctuation, syntax, abbreviations, etc. If you need a “place” for UNL Digital Commons, it is officially Lincoln, Nebraska (though, in fact, it’s everywhere the Internet is).