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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

History 498D: African History

General Tips for Collecting and Citing Sources

  • Use Chicago Style, and stick to one "flavor" of Chicago
    Chicago is the discipline standard citation style for historians, and should generally be your first choice when writing history papers. While Chicago has several different variants to choose from (author-date, footnote citations, etc.), it is best not to mix them, to keep the styling of your paper clear and consistent.

 

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Chicago Style