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Disability Research at Special Collections Research Center: Citing Archival Sources

Citing Special Collections and Digital Collections

Many websites are available with information about citing special collections and digital resources.  The following are only a sample.  One consistent theme is that "There is no single perfect way to cite material discovered while researching in an archives. That's the nature of research using primary sources." (from the Michigan Tech website)

How to Cite Archival Materials (from the Purdue OWL)

How to Cite Digital Collections and Archives (from Tufts University)

How to Cite Archival Sources (from Michigan Technological University Archives)

SU Library Citation Guide (links to information and examples for MLA, APA, Chicago, CSE and additional styles)

The guidelines provided in the above links will need to be adapted to include SCRC or SU Archives attribution.  For most Finding Aids this information is found in the Administrative Information link.  Here are two examples:

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Rowley Family Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries


Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Burton Blatt Papers,
Syracuse University Archives

How to Cite an Alexander Street Press Video

When viewing an Alexander Street Press record, the Cite link is displayed below the video.  Click on it to view how to cite the video.

Alternatively, when viewing a list of results, you may mouse-over the title of the video until you see icons for various tools.  Click on Cite to see how to cite the video.

Select the citation style and cut and paste the reference.  You may also click on Export List to export the video reference to a citation management tool.

Citing References from a Database

Many of our databases provide the correct citation of a reference in one of the primary citation styles that you may then cut and paste into your paper.  Look for a Cite icon.

Using one of the Citation Management Tools is highly recommended.

Citing HathiTrust Documents

HathiTrust provides the document citation in either MLA or APA style that you can cut and paste. 

Click on the Catalog Record link associated with the record.

Then click on the Cite this icon to see how to cite the document.