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U.S. History - Civil War: Citing Sources

This guide will help you find reliable information on the U.S. Civil War, in both print and online sources.

Why Cite Your Sources?

  • By citing, you're giving credit where credit is due. You're clearly stating that the information you're presenting is not the result of your own work, but the work of other people.  When you pass off others' research or ideas as your own, intentionally or not, you're committing plagiarism, a very serious offense.   Visit the STLCC Prevent Plagiarism page for more information on plagiarism and how best to avoid it.
  • You're allowing others to gauge the reliability of the information in your paper or project.  Through your citations, readers can locate the very same sources you used, and can then evaluate for themselves the accuracy of the information within those sources.
  • You're helping others conduct their own research, by directing them not only to the sources you've used, but to the further resources which your sources cite.

Books For Citation and Formatting Help

  • The books below are the authoritative guides for each style, and contain many examples of cited sources.  Consult these works for help with your own citations, and with formatting your paper.  These books can be found in the STLCC Campus Libraries.
  • Click on a title or book cover for more information about the item.

STLCC Guides

This guide to APA style from the Meramec Writing Center includes many examples of citations, as well as a sample essay and References page.

MLA style guidelines have recently been updated.  An updated MLA style guide will be posted as soon as it is available.

Citation Generators

  • While citation generators are convenient, and generally do a good job creating citations, it's your responsibility to make sure that all the citations in your paper are correctly formed and complete. 
  • The books and STLCC Guides listed on this page can help you determine if your generated citations are accurate.

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
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Phone: 314-513-4514

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Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
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St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
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