Why should you cite your sources?
Every box of cookies has its list of ingredients. You term paper also has its list of ingredients: the sources you used in writing it.
The ingredients in the cookies are listed in a prescribed order (descending order of quantity) and the chemical compounds according to a prescribed international scientific nomenclature, so you can tell what you are eating. The ingredients in your paper are also described in a prescribed order and in a standard style.
Just as the ingredients of the cookies have been inspected for quality, so the sources you are using for your paper have been inspected for quality. This is why scholarly, peer-reviewed secondary sources are used for a research paper.
How do you cite your sources?
The sources you hand in must be in “correct citation style.” For this course, it means the forms of citation in Chicago Manual of Style.
There are three main kinds of items you may be citing:
The rules for citing most types of documents you will encounter can be found in these documents can be found in the Chicago style tutorial produced by Purdue University. For documents not covered there, you can use the official Chicago Manual of Style, or ask a librarian.