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Architecture: Citing Your Sources

Why do you need to cite?

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Citation Helpers

Parts of a citation

Each citation, no matter what type of source you are citing, will contain some information about what it is, who created it, and when it was created.


For Books:

  • Author(s) or Editor(s)
  • Title (don't forget subtitles!)
  • Edition (if there is more than one)
  • Publication Date
  • Publisher
  • Place of Publication

For Articles:

  • Author(s)
  • Title of Article(don't forget subtitles!)
  • Title of Journal in which the article appears
  • Publication Date
  • Volume and Issue numbers
  • Page numbers

For Websites:

  • Author(s), Editor(s), or Organization responsible for content
  • Title of website or article 
  • Creation, publication, or revision date
  • Date accessed
  • URL (if a persistent URL is available, use it)


Chicago Style



Check the catalog for availability.

MLA Style

  • MLA Formatting and Style Guide
  • MLA Style Crib Sheet
  • Print manuals can be found in several editions in the Reference sections of Copley Library and the Legal Research Center, at the Copley Library reference desk, in the Copley book stacks, and on permanent reserve at Copley Library.  Check the catalog for availability.

Other citation styles

See this page for more information on other citation styles