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HST 291: US Imperialism, 1850 - Present: Using Chicago Style in HST 291

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Citing Primary Sources

Basic template:

Author [to recipient if a letter], Publication Type if you want to indicate it, Date written/delivered/etc. [in brackets if not on the document but known], Manuscript number or location, Collection Name, Location, URL.

Examples; refer to the Chicago Manual of Style page for more

(Letter) George Creel to Colonel House, 25 September 1918, Edward M. House Papers, Yale University Library.

(Telegram) Burton to Merriam, telegram, 26 January 1923, box 26, folder 17, Charles E. Merriam Papers, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

(Anonymous document) Daily Expenses, July 1787, images 7–8, George Washington Papers, Series 5: Financial Papers, 1750–96, Library of Congress, Washington, DC,

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RefWorks can be used to gather sources in one place and automatically-generate bibliographies in APA, MLA, Chicago, and many other styles.

Mendeley is another citation management tool and an alternative to RefWorks. It is free up to 2GB of storage. Students are not likely to need more storage than that for their projects. 

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