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SOC 301: Qualitative Research Methods: Citations

A guide to library resources for SOC 301 as taught by Dr. Chapkis.

Special Collection Sources

Citing an archival object is not always as straight forward as things you find online or on library shelves.

Check on the bottom of the title page of the Finding Aid to find the Recommended Citation.

Image showing the second to last block of text on the bottom of a finding Aid where the Recomended Citation is listed.

 

This Recommended Citation will be added to whatever item from the collection you use:

Example:

Recommended citation for the Northern Lambda Nord Archives:

Northern Lambda Nord Archives, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries.

in your research you used:

1991 meeting minutes from the July.

Your citation would be (in APA):

Northern Lambda Nord, Meeting Minutes for July 1991, (July, 1991). Northern Lambda Nord Archives, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Collection, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries.

 

 

 

Secondary Sources

Scholars always want to know where your information came from, sothey can understand your thinking and possibly find a source for themselves and their own research.

Help with citations:

  • Publication manual of the American psychological association: The official guide to APA style (7th ed.)(2020) by American Psychological Association.

This book is available at all USM libraries in the Reference section. Ask for help at the Reference or circulation desk at the library.

 

  • OWL Purdue APA guide:

        This is a online guide with the formulas for citing different sources

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html

 

  • Ask a Librarian:

         Not sure what the source is you're looking at, or how to cite it? Reach out for help from a librarian!

https://libanswers.usm.maine.edu/