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History Research Guide: Citing Sources

This guide will point students to print and online sources which are useful when researching historical topics.

How to Cite Your Work

Most History classes use the MLA style of documentation. See the links below for more information on citing your sources.


Research papers and essays require that you record the quotes, paraphrases, and sources used in your work.  View this tutorial to get an idea of the key elements to documenting and citing your resources.

Evaluating Sources

Choosing quality sources is an important part of research.  Use the link below to help you decide whether or not a source is reputable and provides accurate information that you can rely on for your project.  Remember that your final product will only be as good as the sources you use.  Choose carefully!

MLA 8th Edition Tutorial

MLA 8th edition is the new format for documenting sources, replacing MLA 7th Edition. The following tutorial will give you an introduction to the new edition, show you how it differs from the previous edition, and how to use it to give credit to sources in your work.