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This part of the guide provides guidance on citing your sources. To learn more about citing materials at RBSC, click the relevant subpage on the left or click here. To learn more about citing archival finding aids, library catalogue records, and LibGuides, click on the relevant subpage on the left or click here.

Additional resources on citation are also provided below.

Why and How to Cite

Citations, aka, references give credit to others for their work and ideas and allow readers to track down the original work if they choose. By preparing your citations properly, you are taking part in scholarly discourse. Besides giving credit where credit is due, the reference list (also called bibliography, or works cited list) does several things:

  • Suggests a list of further reading for those who are interested in learning more about your topic
  • Provides a way to check facts and verify accuracy 
  • Supports the tracing backwards (and forwards) of the development of ideas over time

Style Guides

Additional Resources

More information about citing archival materials and rare books:

Citing archival sources (UBC Wiki)

Citing archival sources in MLA (Purdue OWL) and Citing digital archival material (Purdue OWL)

Citing archival sources in APA, Chicago, and MLA (Dalhousie University)

Citing rare books in Chicago style (Carleton University)

More resources on citation:

The OWL at Purdue

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and provides them as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

MLA Style (OWL)

APA Style (OWL)

Chicago Style (OWL)

The APA Style Blog

The APA Style Blog is the official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. It's run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day.

The Chicago Manual of Style Online

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition, online, along with a citation quick guide, tutorials, and users' forum

MLA Style Center

The MLA Style Center is the official companion to the MLA Handbook, Ninth Edition. It includes examples of citations by format, a quick citation template, and FAQs.

More Help at UBC

Questions about copyright? Not sure if you're allowed to use an image? Tricky citation problem?

Contact UBC's Copyright Office

Questions about plagiarism, style, and the writing process?

See resources from the Chapman Learning Commons' Writing Centre

Curious about citation management software?

Attend a workshop

UBC Library hosts a variety of workshops. Filter events by categories including citation management, copyright, writing, and more.