You must use citations when:
• You use a direct quote from a resource.
• You paraphrase a sentence or paragraph from a source.
• You use an IDEA from a source that is not common knowledge.
When in doubt, cite it!
The joy of finding footnotes and bibliographic entries that lead to the perfect original source can only happen when scholars carefully track their sources and generate citations in an appropriate style. Neglecting to track your sources as you move through the research process will cost you HOURS of precious time.
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The Chicago citation format is generally used for history research papers. Please see a librarian at the help desk for assistance with citation.