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Music Industry History: Cite Your Sources

Why cite?

Any ideas, images, or words you do not create yourself must be given proper credit if you use them in your paper, BECAUSE you are using someone else's intellectual property. It shows you have academic integrity and honesty, and helps your readers find your information sources. It shows where your information came from, and adds credibility to your paper.

Below are some of the common citation styles.

Chicago Style

Chicago style is commonly used in music, history and other humanities fields.

MLA Style

Modern Language Association (MLA) documentation guidelines are often used in the humanities fields, including English, comparative literature, literary criticism, and foreign-languages.

APA Style

This style, developed by the American Psychological Association, is frequently used in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and criminology.

Turabian Style

This style is a simpler version of the Chicago style.

  • A Manual for Writers -- is published by the University of Chicago
  • There is also a paper copy of the Manual for Writers at the Reference Desk (call number: Ref. 378.242 T929m8 2013)
  • Turabian Documentation Style -- University of Wisconsin's Writing Center

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