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Citation Quick Guide

Click here to see examples of how to cite the most commonly used sources. 

Why Cite?

Learning how to cite may seem like a daunting task. However, it is well worth it in the end for several reasons:

  1. To avoid plagiarism 
  2. To show academic honesty 
  3. To allow others to learn more about your topic.
  4. To allow the reader to conduct their own research from your work
  5. Not "common knowledge"

Whether you choose to add a direct quotation to your paper or merely paraphrase someone else's idea, you must cite any work that did not come from you.  That includes but is not limited to text, images, computer code and charts.

Remember when in doubt, cite it!

(from Florida Atlantic University, Broward College, Chicago Manual of Style Guide)

Chicago Resources in the Library

Here are some helpful links to help you with Chicago citations. 

The Library has a paid subscription to the Chicago Manual of Style Online.  We also have the manual in our Reference Collection.

All the information you will need to cite any source, can be found in Part III, Chapter 14.


Chicago Sources Around the Web

Below is a list of helpful information about the Chicago style guide.