Citing the series

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A few weeks ago I shared my anime adventure with Rose of Versailles.  Since the show (Dezaki et al., 2013) had numerous credits, I adapted standard APA reference format to cite it.  This practice brought home two points about citations.

First of all real-life sources are often messier than are the examples in the manuals.  We need to make judgment calls.  As source types evolve (Manjoo, 2010), such judgment becomes even more important.

Secondly, let’s remember a major reason for citation: to help readers find our sources.  I couldn’t list every single credit.  Instead I listed the directors and producers, the credits most useful for finding the DVD.  I also listed the original creator, because that credit was relevant to my discussion.

Standards matter.  Let’s not miss the citation forest for the spacing and capitalization trees, though.  In a recent blog post Michael Stephens (2014) makes the point especially well.

I’ve raised this issue in the past (Check out the Dec 15, 2011 and February 27, 2014 posts.).  Still, the issue bears repeating.


Dezaki, O., & Nagahama, T. (Directors), Ginya, S., Katoì, S., & Gero, K. (Producers), & Ikeda, R. (Original creator). (2013).  The rose of Versailles, Part 1 [Television series]. Grimes, IA:

Nozomi Entertainment/Right Stuf.

Manjoo, F. (2010, October 15). This is not a blog post: Blogs and web magazines are looking more and more alike. What’s the difference?  Slate.  Retrieved from

Stephens, M. (2014, September 24). Citation fixation [Blog post]. Retrieved from