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Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States

Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States

General Information Leaflet, Number 17



Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • Elements of Citations to Records of Federal Agencies

  • Guidelines for Citing Textual Records

  • Guidelines for Citing Microform Records

  • Guidelines for Citing Nontextual Records

  • Guidelines for Citing Electronic Records

  • Guidelines for Citing Records in Affiliated Archives

  • A Note on Citing Digitized Documents Available at NARA's World Wide Web Site

Citing Primary Sources Found on the Web

Citing Web Sites

It is important to provide complete information about your primary source whether found in a printed source or online. The basic elements to include in a citation for a published print source are: author of the document, title of the document, title of the book if different from the document, name of editor or author of the book, place of publication, publisher, year, and page numbers. The basic elements to include in a citation for an online source are: author of the document, title of the document, title of the web site, author or producer of the web site, url, date (if given) and date accessed. Various style formats such as Chicago, MLA and APA put these elements in different order using different conventions. See the following web sites for further information and examples.

ALSO:

Citation Style Manuals Webpage - ASU Library
This page that links to many of the most popular citation style formats

Citing Primary Sources: Chicago Manual of Style ( From Library of Congress). 

Also from the Library of Congress: Citing Primary Sources: MLA 

Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper - Duke University Libraries
Includes examples for both the major formats of citable materials and the respective style manual citations.

 

 

 

 

Citing Sources

 

Library Citation Style Manuals. This is an excellent page that links to many of the most popular citation style formats

 


For an automated service to help format your citations, try:
Son of Citation Machine

from the Landmark Project. It is very easy to use and accurate.

 


 

This is a very comprehensive web page from Duke University Libraries entitled: Assembling a List of Works Cited in Your Paper.

I particularly like it because it includes examples for both the major formats of citable materials and the respective style manual citations

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