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ARTS 3322: Drawing II: Cite Your Sources

A course guide to library research resources for Prof. McShane-Bolton's studio art students in Drawing II


The library has a resource called RefWorks that lets you:

  • export citation information from databases
  • import information from other sources
  • organize and generate works cited and bibliographies pages for you in a variety of styles.

The Library also has workshops throughout the semester on using RefWorks.

Writing & Citation Style Guides



Citing Images Chicago Style from Colgate Visual Resources Library

Dartmouth's Citing Images handout


See Quick Guide to Citing Images from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar

Copies of The Chicago manual of Style are also avaliable at the Alkek Library and the Music Library.

See the Texas State Writing Center's Chicago Style handout here.

Or if you would like to use another style you can look at other Writing & Citation Style Guides such as APA or MLA.

Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker and Barbara Fister of Gustavus Adolphus College and Bedford/St. Martin's also has several different citation styles organized by disciplines and then writing style. Includes how to cite video games, DVDs, and other electronic sources.

Citing images:

The basic elements needed  for citing images are as follows:

artist's name, if known title of image, if known date work was created if date is unknown, place n.d. were the date would go permanent owner or institution where the artwork is housed the location or city



Understanding a Journal Citation

You'll see something like this:

It's important to know the parts of a citation so you can interpret it correctly. You must have at least the Journal name, volume, issue, and page number to be able to locate the article.

Ways to Avoid Plagiarism

A Note about Plagiarism

It is important to cite your sources properly. If you want to learn more about avoiding plagiarism, read the Plagiarism Guide.

When you are writing your paper, you can use several ways to present information you have found in the body of your paper, and consciously avoid plagiarizing.

  • Direct quote

If you want to use a sentence or a passage exactly as it was written, you can include a direct quote, surrounded by quotation marks, and either using an inline citation, or a sentence before the quote referencing the author and work of origin.

  • Summary

You can also write a summary (in your own words of course) of the ideas or text you want to use. It helps to write the summary from your memory rather than looking directly at the passage.

  • Paraphrase

Paraphrasing is similar to a summary. It just means taking what you have read and rewriting it in your own words.

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