Recommended Footnote Citations of Material in the University of Illinois Archives
Because archival material is not indexed by subject, author or title, use of the record series and box numbers is necessary for the location of material cited.
Material in the University Archives which may be found in other places (e.g., publications) should be cited in the usual form, i.e.
The Daily Illini, (February 8, 1938), p. 3.
Illio, (1957), p. 58.
Illinois Alumni News, (July, 1938), 16:10, pp. 6-8.
Where most of the sources are in the University Archives, the initial citation may state, "All sources are located in the University of Illinois Archives, unless otherwise noted." Record series numbers and boxes may then be cited in a short form, e.g. RS 15/13/1-3.
If a bibliography is included, full citations with record series and box numbers should be used.
For examples of citing specific kinds of material take a look at the full "Citation Guide."
"First, students must find a historical problem worth addressing. This is done most often by reading and comparing secondary history sources, such as monographs and journal articles. Simply finding relevant secondary materials requires its own particular set of skills in using the library: searching catalogs, accessing on-line databases, using interlibrary loan, and even knowing how to pose questions to reference librarians. Reading these sources, determining their arguments, and putting them in conversation with each other constitute another broad set of skills which are enormously difficult to master.
Second, having developed a historical problem, students must find a set of primary historical sources which can actually address the question they have formulated.
Finally, students must put all this information together and actually produce knowledge. They must craft a paper wherein they pose a clear historical problem and then offer a thesis addressing it. In a well-structured, grammatically correct essay, they must work their way through an argument without falling into common historical fallacies. They must match evidence to argument, subordinate little ideas to big ones, and anticipate and pre-empt challenges to their argument."