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World History: Writing and Citing

A guide to sources of information on World History and Western Civilization


Why is it necessary to show where words and ideas of others are used in your writing?  When you use information from other authors in your writing, you must be honest about revealing your sources. To do this, various formal methods of acknowledging where you gathered information have been developed. These methods are called "documentation." 

Check out our guide:

Citing Sources & Plagiarism

Useful Information

Need more help.  Check out the Developing Research Topics guide.

Also, the complete print manuals on Turabian, MLA and APA styles are available in all ACC libraries for checkout.





How Do I Cite That?

How documentation works

There are several specific styles of documentation, but all have the same idea: When you borrow another's information, you explicitly say in your paper what is borrowed and where it is from.

The documentation style you use depends on the academic discipline. The ACC History Department used to require that you use Turabian or Chicago Style format, and many faculty still do.  Your professor will tell you which style to use.

Resources that will help you document your paper in Turabian or two other popular styles--MLA and APA.

Web sites that can assist you in creating a citation in the proper format for Turabian, MLA, and APA are:

  • Purdue OWL -- The Purdue Online Writing Lab provides overviews, instructions, and examples of how to cite using APA, MLA, Turabian (Chicago Manual of Style), IEEE, and AMA format.
  • KnightCite Citation Service -- this site allows you to fill in a form that creates a citation for you in Turabian, MLA or APA. It's not magic though. You still have to know the elements of a citation and fill in additional information in order for it to produce correct citations.

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