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Citing Items From Special Collections

Citing Manuscript Collections

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A manuscript is a handwritten document. You may discover letters, postcards, city ordinances, legal documents, and other manuscript items in the Humboldt Room.

Examples of a Manuscript Citation

APA

Vinyard, L (1970). [Collection of journal entries]. Lucille Vinyard Papers. (2016.01, Box 1). Humboldt State University Library, Arcata, CA. 

Chicago

Vinyard, Lucille. Manuscript. 2016.01, Box 1. Lucille Vinyard Papers. Humboldt State University Library, Arcata, CA.

MLA

Vinyard, L. Lucille Vinyard Papers, 1970, Humboldt State University Library, Arcata, California.   

Manuscript Citation Format

APA

Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of manuscript. [Description of manuscript]. Name of Collection (Call number, Box number, File name or number, etc.). Humboldt State University Library, Arcata, CA. 

Chicago

Author's Last Name, First Name (if given) or Name of Organization. Title of Manuscript(if given). Manuscript. Item # or Box/Folder # or Folder Name. Collection Name. Humboldt State University Library, Arcata, CA.

MLA

Author. Title of Manuscript*. Title of Container, Other contributors, Version, Publisher, Publication Date, Humboldt State University Library, Arcata, California.

*Note: In some instances, your title of source will be in quotation marks as opposed to italics. Consult the MLA style guide for clarification.