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SM275: Management Communications (Formerly ES275)

(Formerly ES275)

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 and most importantly RefWorks can automatically create a bibliography in hundreds of styles. Accounts are free for the BU community so only use your email address when creating an account. There are other such tools.

Chicago Style

Chicago Style Sample Citations: Note- initially no indent and then following lines indented.

Print Sources

Book (Print):

Gratton, Lynda. 2014. The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World’s Toughest Problems. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

Electronic Databases (BU Databases):

Bloomberg (Electronic Database):

Historical Price Line Chart for Apple, Inc. August 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014. Bloomberg LP. Accessed October 17, 2014.

MarketLine Company Profile via Business Source Complete:

“Company Profile: Apple Inc., 19 September 2014.” MarketLine Report via Business Source Complete. Accessed October 17, 2014.

Mergent Online (SEC/EDGAR filing in BU Database):

Apple, Inc. Form 10-K. September 28, 2013. Mergent Online. Accessed October 17, 2014.

Mintel Reports (Electronic Database):

“Mobile Apps – US – October 2014.” Mintel.  Accessed October 17, 2014.

SRDS Online (Electronic Database): “U.S. News & World Report Profile.”

“U.S. News & World Report Profile.” SRDS Media Solutions. Accessed October 17, 2014.

University Reporter (Electronic Database):

“Spring 2014 Apparel/Accessories.” University Reporter. Accessed February 23 2016.

Article from a BU Database:

ABI/Inform Complete

Overman, Steven. 2014. “The Culture of Conscience.” Leadership Excellence 31, no. 10 (October): 49-51. ABI-Inform Complete. Accessed October 17, 2014.

Online Source

Annual Report Available Online:

Apple, Inc. 2018. "Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended September 29, 2018."  Apple Inc. website. Accessed October 17, 2019.

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