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The Modern Civil Rights Movement: Citation & Writing Help

Welcome to the library guide for HY 430: The Modern Civil Rights Movement! This guide will provide you with helpful resources from the library and across the web.

Writing Help

You can get one-on-one help by making an appointment at the UA Writing Center.

Writer's Shelf

  1. The Elements of Style--by William Strunk Jr., is a highly recommended guide to grammar.
  2. Oxford English Dictionary--the largest dictionary of the English language, includes the formal vocabulary as well as the slang of earlier historical periods.
  3. Oxford Reference Online Premium--search hundreds of scholarly encyclopedias at the same time for an introductory essay and mini-bibliography on your topic.
  4. good free almanac.

Using Shortcuts in Microsoft Word

Create a footnote or endnote in Microsoft Word. 

Microsoft Word 2007

Microsoft Word 2010

Microsoft Word 2011 (Macs)

Pages (iPads)


The UA Libraries offers software called RefWorks that can help you organize and cite the sources in your bibliography in Chicago.  I especially recommend RefWorks to those working on advanced projects like seminar papers and dissertations. Watch these tutorials to learn more about using RefWorks. 

To Quote or Not To Quote?

In general you want to limit quotations to "gems"--very well-written sentences and phrases from primary sources.  Try to paraphrase as much as possible.  Here are some more tips on quoting and paraphrasing.