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Chicago Style of Citation Guides
Purdue Owl Writing Lab
This is an excellent resource not only for citation assistance, but for research assistance as well. It is highly recommended that you access and use this resource throughout your project.
Chicago Manual of Style
This is the official manual for Chicago style of citations. You may access some resources online, and we also have the print book in our collection.
Citing Primary Source Documents
To site a primary source found online, you must know the following*:
- Author or creator of the source
- Title of the source
- Format of the source- is it a pamphlet, government publication, image
- Date the source was originally published
- Site/Resource where you located the primary document
- Name of the collection where you found the source
- Medium (if known)
- Date Accessed
For example, a resource found on the Avalon Project from Yale University would have the following Bibliographic citation format:
Mathius, T.R. The Grounds of an Opinion on the Policy of Restricting the Importation of Foreign Corn: intended as an Appendix to "Observations on the Corn Law. London: John Murray, Albermarle Street, and J. Johnson and Co.,1815. From The Avalon Project, Yale Law School. 19th Century Documents, 1800-1899. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/19th.asp. (accessed October 10, 2016).
**These guidelines are available from the Library of Congress website on citing primary sources.
Every student has access to a Noodletools account, that assists with collecting resources, creating bibliographies, and designing outlines. For more information and video tutorials, go to the Research Assistance tab on this page.
Click HERE for a tutorial and guide for signing up for a Noodletools account. Email Mrs. Myers with any questions