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JO504: Arts Criticism

Citing Your Sources

Proper citation is an essential aspect of scholarship. Citing properly allows your reader or audience to locate the materials you have used. Most importantly, citations give credit to the authors of quoted or consulted information. Failure to acknowledge sources of information properly may constitute plagiarism.  For an explicit definition of plagiarism, see the Boston University Academic Conduct Code.

For detailed instructions on how to cite within the text of your paper, please consult a style manual listed below. Please also note: some of the resources below do not cover every possibility you might encounter when trying to cite your sources. For this reason, it is suggested that you consult a style manual to create your bibliography.

BU Librarians often recommend refworks RefWorks as the best tool to manage citations. Accounts are free for the BU community, and most importantly RefWorks can automatically create a bibliography in hundreds of styles. There are other such tools.

Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Manual

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America Staff

Location: Mugar Reference LB2369 G53
Education Reference LB2369 G53
Pardee Reference LB2369 G53

The Chicago Manual of Style

      The Chicago Manual of Style by University of Chicago Staff (Editor)

Location: Mugar Reference Z253 U69
Education Reference Z253 U69
Pardee Reference Z253 U69
Stone Reference Z253 U69


     A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian

Location: Mugar Reference LB2369 T8
Sci/Eng Reference LB2369 T8
Education Reference LB2369 T8
Pardee Reference LB2369 T8
Music Reference LB2369 T8


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