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Research 101: A Self-Guided Tutorial

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7 - Citation Elements

What If I Can’t Find An Author?

There are common situations where legitimate publications might not have an obvious author. Each style format has rules for citing materials with no author.

Corporate Author: Publications produced by government agencies or professional associations often have a corporate author.

Edited Volume: Edited works are most common with books. 

Newspaper or Magazine Articles: Articles from sources like Time Magazine or Newsweek are written by journalists but often don't include the author's name.

Be cautious when you can't find any author to cite. The sources you use should be from authors who are experts in their field.