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WR153: Imagining the Other

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.

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

APA (American Psychological Association) Style

What is an Annotated Bibliography?

An annotated bibliography basically consists of two parts:  

  • Title & Citation  (these will vary according to the style you use)
  • Annotation  (your comments, or annotations, on the work. This could include a brief summary, evaluation and/or reflection on the work)


Helpful Sources for Writing an Annotated Bibliography: 

Head, African Studies Library

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Beth Restrick
African Studies Library
6th floor, Mugar Memorial Library

Mon-Fri, 9am- 5pm
Subjects: African Studies