UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Citations Guide

The purpose of a citation is to tell someone else where you found a certain piece of information. Archival materials are unique and the original can only be found in one place. Even published materials in special collections can be hard to find in more than one repository, so a good citation to the copy you used is important. Citations for archival materials and rare or unusual published materials should make it clear not only what the source is, but also where, exactly, it can be found.

Different style manuals cite materials slightly differently. Find out from your professoror editor if you are writing for publicationwhich manual you should follow. They are all good at providing examples of how to cite books, journal/magazine articles, newspaper articles, electronic resources, and "government documents" (published government materials, like the Congressional Record and the Serial Set), but not all style manuals provide good examples for archival/manuscript materials.

Following are some examples of actual materials from the UWRF University Archives and Area Research Center.


 

Manuscript Collections

APA

Martindale, E. letter to G. W. Cairns (1886, June 7). Folder 1, Box 4, River Falls Mss I, Gertrude M. Cairns Papers, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

ASA

"Martindale, E. Letter to G. W. Cairns." 1886. June 7. Folder 1, Box 4, River Falls Mss I, Gertrude M. Cairns Papers, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Chicago/Turabian

Martindale, E. letter to G. W. Cairns. 1886. June 7. Folder 1, Box 4, River Falls Mss I, Gertrude M. Cairns Papers, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

MLA

"Martindale, E. Letter to G. W. Cairns" 7 June 1886. Folder 1, Box 4, River Falls Mss I, Gertrude M. Cairns Papers, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

 

Newspaper Articles

APA

Bauer, P. (2011, January 12). Mugs filled with meaning and memories. Inter-County Leader, p. B1.

ASA

Bauer, Priscilla. 2011.  "Mugs Filled with Meaning and Memories." Inter-County Leader, January 12, pp. B1.

Chicago/Turabian

Bauer, Priscilla. 2011.  Mugs filled with meaning and memories.  Inter-CountyLeader, January 12, sec. B.

MLA

Bauer, Priscilla. "Mugs Filled with Meaning and Memories."  Inter-County Leader, 12 Jan. 2011: B1. Print.

 

Obituary/Newspaper Item on Microfilm

APA

Harry L. Currier obituary. (1900, February 1). River Falls Journal, p. 4. Reel 13, River Falls Micro 108, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

ASA

"Harry L. Currier Obituary." 1900. River Falls Journal, February 1, pp. 4. Reel 13, River Falls Micro 108, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Chicago/Turabian

Harry L. Currier obituary. 1900. River Falls Journal, February 1, 4. Reel 13, River Falls Micro 108, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

MLA

"Harry L. Currier Obituary." River Falls Journal, 1 Feb. 1900: 4. Reel 13, River Falls Micro 108, Reel 13, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

 

Maps

APA

Cloud Cartographics, Inc. (2003). Pierce County, WI 2003 county land atlas & plat book. St. Cloud, MN: Cloud Cartographics, Inc.

ASA

Cloud Cartographics, Inc. 2003. Pierce County, WI 2003 County Land Atlas & Plat Book. St. Cloud, MN: Cloud Cartographics, Inc.

Chicago/Turabian 

Cloud Cartographics, Inc. 2003. Pierce County, WI 2003 county land atlas & plat book. St. Cloud, MN: Cloud Cartographics, Inc.

MLA

Cloud Cartographics, Inc. Pierce County, WI 2003 County Land Atlas & Plat Book. St. Cloud, MN: Cloud Cartographics, Inc., 2003. Print.

 

Vertical Files

APA

Football Banquet program. (1931, December 14). Folder St. Croix County-Hudson-High School-Sports, Local History Vertical File, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

ASA

"Football Banquet program." 1931. December 14, Folder St. Croix County-Hudson-High School-Sports, Local History Vertical File, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Chicago/Turabian

Football Banquet program. 1931. December 14. Folder St. Croix County-Hudson-High School-Sports, Local History Vertical File, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

MLA

"Football Banquet program." 14 Dec. 1931. Print. Folder St. Croix County-Hudson-High School-Sports, Local History Vertical File, University Archives & Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin-River Falls.



The purpose of a citation is to tell someone else where you found a certain piece of information. Archival materials are unique and the original can only be found in one place. Even published materials in special collections can be hard to find in more than one repository, so a good citation to the copy you used is important. Citations for archival materials and rare or unusual published materials should make it clear not only what the source is, but also where, exactly, it can be found.

Different style manuals cite materials slightly differently. Find out from your professor or editor if you are writing for publicationwhich manual you should follow. They are all good at providing examples of how to cite books, journal/magazine articles, newspaper articles, electronic resources, and "government documents" (published government materials, like the Congressional Record and the Serial Set), but not all style manuals provide good examples for archival/manuscript materials.

Following are some examples of actual materials from the UWRF University Archives and Area Research Center.

MLA (Modern Language Association)

Archival Material

 

Books