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Sturgis: GSTR 210 (spring 2021)

What is a Citation?

What is a citation?

A citation gives researchers basic information about the creation of a document or work of art.

It tells you:

  • Who created it

  • What it is called

  • When it was published or created

  • Where it was published or created

Why are citations important?

  • A citation can help you find additional sources for your research.

  • A citation gives credit to the author/creator whose work you’ve used.

  • A list of citations will form your bibliography or works cited, usually required of your assignment.

Citing Books in Chicago

Citing Edited Works in Chicago

Citing Journal Articles in Chicago

So, what next?

If you find a great article, take it over to Google Scholar to see if there are other articles related to it, or other which cite it.


If you find a great book, look for it in our library catalog. If you find it, click on the subject terms listed for that book to find more like it!