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HY200 Topics in History: Urban History: Cite Sources

Why Cite Sources?

When you quote or paraphrase the idea of another person in your research paper or speech, you must provide a proper citation for the source in a bibliography or list of references. This gives credit to the author and enables the reader to locate the resource you cited. 

Providing references for sources you used also lends credibility to your work, especially if you use authoritative sources. 

If you use other people's ideas and do not give them credit by providing proper references to their work, you are committing plagiarism. Plagiarism is an honor code violation as well as a federal crime. 

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Understanding Citations

In your research, you will need to understand how to interpret the citations you find in indexes and bibliographies, as well as how to cite sources in your own bibliographies.


Interpreting Citations

A citation is a reference to a source of information. It should include enough identifying information, including such information as the author, title, and source, so that a reader can locate a copy of the item. Citations may reference any type of information including: 

  • Book 
  • Essay or chapter in a book 
  • Journal article 
  • Magazine article 
  • Newspaper article
  • NSU MARP or practicum 
  • Conference proceeding 
  • Dissertation 
  • Internet document 
  • ERIC ED document
  • Government document 
  • Speech 
  • Radio or television broadcast 
  • Video or movie

Book Citation

Sample of a book citation
 

HINT: When trying to determine whether the library owns a book, check TIGER by searching for the author or title. 


Magazine Article Citation

Sample of a magazine article citation

HINT: When trying to determine whether the library owns a magazine, check Find Journals by searching for the title of the magazine rather than using the title of the article. 


Journal Article Citation

Sample of a journal article citation

HINT: When trying to determine whether the library owns a journal, check TIGER by searching for the title of the journal rather than using the title of the article. 


ERIC ED Document Citation

Sample of an ERIC ED document citation

HINT: For information on locating ERIC Documents (EDs), visit the ERIC website or EBSCO's Education Source database. 


RefWorks

You can easily compile and format your citations using RefWorks.

Citation Style

Chicago Manual of Style

PE1478 .U69 2003

  • Reference
  • Reference Desk
  • North Basement
  • Online

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers

PE1478 .T8 2007

  • Reference
  • Reference Desk
  • Circ Desk Permanent Reserves
  • North Basesment

Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker is a comprehensive guide to writing, research, and citation for the Humanities, Social Sciences, History, and Sciences. The guide includes the following:

  • How to find and document sources
  • Tips for evaluating resources
  • List of style manuals
  • Samples of how to format papers

You can also check out our complete list of online Style and Writing Guides.

    Online Style Guides

    Complete list of online Style and Writing Guides 

    Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker

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