ISNAD Referencing Guide

This is the Citationsy guide to ISNAD citations, reference lists, in-text citations, and bibliographies.
The complete, comprehensive guide shows you how easy citing any source can be. Referencing books, youtube videos, websites, articles, journals, podcasts, images, videos, or music in ISNAD.

How to do citations in ISNAD style?
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How do you cite a book in the ISNAD referencing style?

Here’s an example book citation in ISNAD using placeholders:
Last Name, First Name. Title. Editor First Name Editor Last NameEd . Edition. City: Publisher, 2000. City: Publisher, 2000.
So if we want to cite, for example, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” by Joanne K. Rowling we’d do so like this:
ISNAD citation:
Rowling, Joanne K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 1st Ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 1997. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 1997.
And an in-text citation book citation in ISNAD looks like this: Joanne K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 1st Ed., (London: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 1997) (London: Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 1997).

How to reference a journal article in the ISNAD citation style?
How do you cite scientific papers in ISNAD format?

Here’s a ISNAD journal citation example using placeholders:
Author1 LastnameAuthor1 Firstname - Author3 LastnameAuthor2 Firstname. “Title”. Container VOLUME/Issue (January 1, 2000): pages Used. https://doi.org/DOI.
So if we want to reference this scientific article: “Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?” by C. Petit and J.M. Sieffermann in ISNAD:
Petit, C. - Sieffermann, J.M. “Testing Consumer Preferences for Iced-Coffee: Does the Drinking Environment Have Any Influence?” 18/1 (January 1, 2007): 161-172. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2006.05.008.
And an in-text citation would look like this: C. Petit - J.M. Sieffermann, “Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?” 18/1, (January 1, 2007) (January 1, 2007): 161-172.

How to cite a website in a paper in ISNAD style?

Here’s an ISNAD example website reference:
Author1 LastnameAuthor1 Firstname - Author2 LastnameAuthor2 Firstname. “Title”. Publisher, January 1, 2000. Publisher, January 1, 2000. https://www.example.com.
To reference the article located at this link:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
on The Guardian website:
Tran, Mark. “Barack Obama To Be America’s First Black President”. The Guardian, November 5, 2008. The Guardian, November 5, 2008. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083.
And an in-text citation would look like this: Mark Tran, “Barack Obama To Be America’s First Black President”, (The Guardian, November 5, 2008) (The Guardian, November 5, 2008), https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083.

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How to cite a YouTube video ISNAD

Here’s a ISNAD citation YouTube video example:
ChannelName. “Title”. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXX.
So how to cite a video ISNAD?
Pixar. “Pizza Clip — Inside Out”. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6rntBADUQ.
And an in-text video citation would look like this: Pixar, “Pizza Clip — Inside Out”, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6rntBADUQ.

How to cite a podcast using ISNAD referencing style

It is becoming more and more common to reference podcasts in essays or other school work.
Here’s how to reference a podcast it in ISNAD.
Lastname, Firstname. “Title”. Publisher, January 1, 2000. Publisher, January 1, 2000. http://www.example.com.
Podcast referencing example in ISNAD using “This American Life” episode 640:
This American Life. “640: Five Women”. WBEZ Radio, March 2, 2018. WBEZ Radio, March 2, 2018. https://thisamericanlife.org/640/five-women.
And an in-text citation would look like this: This American Life, “640: Five Women”, (WBEZ Radio, March 2, 2018) (WBEZ Radio, March 2, 2018), https://thisamericanlife.org/640/five-women.

How to cite a piece of music or a song using ISNAD referencing style?

An example song citation in ISNAD.
Lastname, Firstname. “Song Title”. Album. http://www.example.com.
Let‘s say we want to reference “Here Comes the Sun” off The Beatles “Abbey Road” album in ISNAD:
The Beatles. “Here Comes the Sun”. Abbey Road. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/here-comes-the-sun/401186200?i=401187150.
And an in-text citation would look like this: The Beatles, “Here Comes the Sun”, Abbey Road, https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/here-comes-the-sun/401186200?i=401187150.


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