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Style and Citation

In order to present your ideas effectively in a history paper, you need to be able to cite primary and secondary sources correctly. The most common style-books for historical writing are the Chicago Manual of Style and the Modern Language Association's guide. Our guide to footnoting and bibliographic citation styles is derived from the Chicago Manual of Style. For a brief overview of commonly used citation forms for history papers, see

Writing Center Guide to Bibliographic Forms

For additional help see also our:

Guide to Quoting Smoothly

The links below will take you to others pages with online guides to style and citation:

H-Net's Internet Citation Guide

Chicago Manual of Style

Modern Language Association

Strunk's Elements of Style

If you need help learning what plagiarism is, or how to avoid it, visit our page on plagiarism. It includes the university's policy on plagiarism"