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Begin Research: What If I Can’t Find An Author?

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.
News 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 an author to cite.
The sources you use should be from authors who are experts in their field.

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