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ARTH 4320B: Curatorial Practices: Cite Your Sources

A course guide to library research resources for Prof. Dawkins' art history students in Curatorial Practice


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.

Periodical List

You can search for a specific journal/magazine/newspaper using Periodical List

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.

Turabian/Chicago Links

APA links

Instructions on wrting an Annotated Reference List from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL). Be sure to folllow APA style for the actual citation preceeding each annotation.

How to cite a work of art in APA style.

Copies of the latest print edition are also available at the Alkek Library.

For help writing your research papers, consult Texas State's Writing Center

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.

Finding Articles When You Have a Citation