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HIST 202: Course Guide: Cite Sources

This guide is intended to help students in HIST 202 find, use and cite primary and secondary sources for their research.

How do I cite?

For instructions on how to cite your sources, check out the following guides. If you still have questions, ask a librarian! 

Citing Primary Sources in MLA: from a book

If you are using a primary source from one of the books on reserve, you can cite the document like a section from an anthology. 

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Primary Source Document." Title of Book: Subtitle if Any, edited by Editor's First Name and Last Name, Edition if given and is not first, Publisher Name often shortened, Year of publication, Page numbers of the primary source.

Works Cited List Example  

Byfield, Ted. "Weren't We All Physically Abused in Schools? So When Do We Get Our Money for Healing." A Country Nourished on Self -Doubt: Documents in Post-Confederation Canadian History, edited by Thomas Thorner and Thor Frohn-Nielsen, 3rd ed., UTP, 2010, pp. 394-337. 

  Note: The first author's name listed is the author of the primary source document

  Note: If there is no editor given you may leave out that part of the citation.

In-Text Citation Example  

  (Author's Last Name Page Number)

  Example: (Byfield 395)

Citing Primary Sources in MLA: from an online collection

If you are using an online primary source from a website, follow the format below:

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Primary Source Document: Subtitle." Year of creation.Title of Website, Publisher of Website, Publication Date, URL. Accessed Day Month Year.

Works Cited List Example  

Sutton, Mary Anne. "Over the Top, or, the Taking of Vimy Ridge by the Canadians." [c. 191?]. Canadiana Online,  http://online.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.88302. Accessed 14 Oct. 2017.

  Note: The first author's name listed is the author of the primary source document

  Note: If the Publisher information is the same as the name of the website, you do not have to repeat it.

  Note: The you only have an approximate date of creation, put it in square brackets. Example: [c. 1920]  The "c." is an abbreviation of circa. 

In-Text Citation Example  

  (Author's Last Name Page/Image Number)

  Example: (Sutton 3)