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Special Collections/University Archives: Citing Primary Resources

Citing Primary Resources

Primary resources are often unpublished material, such as letters, photographs, diaries, etc. and must be cited accordingly using your preferred citation format (i.e. MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). Most citation guidelines will ask you to specify the following when citing primary resources.

  • Author or creator name
  • Title (If available)
  • Date
  • Publication information (If applicable)
  • Collection name and number (If available)
  • Box number and folder title
  • Repository name and location

Visit the Bertrand Library's Citation Guide for guidance and examples of citing primary resources. For assistance, contact 

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