Citing Primary SourcesCitation of sources in both footnote and bibliography form is of critical importance in a scholarly work. It allows the reader to consult the materials for further study and to evaluate the validity of your work. However, because there are so may variables in proper formatting of citations it is impossible to provide a thorough guide. For proper citation it is best to closely consult a guide such as :
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.And, when in doubt as to proper citation it is best to remain consistent by citing the same types of materials in the same fashion using your best judgment.
A few examples of citation of primary sources (MLA style):
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An entire collection:
National Archives and Records Administration, Pacific Southwest Region.
Brubaker, John. Hullabaloo Nevonia. ts. MSS 29. Franklin and
Smith, John. Diary. ms. Record Group 12/05/02. Franklin and Marshall College,
Reynolds, John F. Letter to Cate Reynolds. 2 September 1861.
Reynolds, William. "To Lydia Reynolds." 2 June 1839. Letter 8 of
Congressional Record Vol LV, Part 4 (65th Congress) Washington DC:
Books published before 1900
Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, with
"Convention Ratifies Constitution." Pennsylvania Packet and Daily