WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “CITE YOUR SOURCE” AND WHY DO YOU HAVE TO DO IT?

Citations are extremely important to academic scholarship because they allows others to both confirm and expand on your research. When using primary source material, citations are all the more important, because some unique resources may be impossible to track down without them. At the same time, there is not one universally accepted format for citing archival sources, and archival citations can be complicated since not all archives are organized in the same way. Regardless of format, all citations should provide the crucial information about the source of your research.

The New School Archives and Special Collections provides the below preferred citation formats. One is for citing physical archival items, the other is for citing items accessed through our Digital Collections from the Archives site. If you are completing an assignment, your instructor or editor may prefer a different format.