Bibliographical Field

For People, Organizations, and Events Only

As you use resources to construct your entry, enter them as Bibliography sources. Make these specific bibliographic citations just as you would use in a paper. If you can access the resource online, use the HTML button on the entry to add the link. You don't have to indicate which fact comes from which source, and if one source will cover multiple facts use that rather than a large number of sources.

Many scholars distrust Wikipedia as a source. I don't mind using it as a first stop, but because of its changeable nature, we would prefer to use sources that are more set. If it is your only source of information (which should not be because Wikipedia requires citation and you can always follow the citation trail), you can use it, but enter the date you accessed it in parenthesis at the end of the citation.

If citing the Wikipedia or Find A Grave page of the subject you are researching, cite the page simply as "Wikipedia" or "Find A Grave" and embed the link.


If you are citing a Wikipedia or Find A Grave page that is not of the subject you are researching, cite their article as "Name, Wikipedia" or "Name, Find A Grave".

Katharine Dexter McCormick, Wikipedia


Use the Chicago Manual of Style or the Citation Machine in Chicago style if you are not certain how the entry should be formatted.


Louise W. Knight, Jane Addams: Spirit in Action (2010), pp. 178-83.

Jane Addams A Foe of War and Need, New York Times, May 22, 1935, p. 16.


Sources obtained freely on the internet from a stable site (such as Google Books, Internet Archive, Hathi Trust), should be linked to.

National American Woman Suffrage Association, Fortieth Annual Report of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, Held at Buffalo, October 15th to 21st, 1908 (1908), pp. 17-18.

Books should have their links formatted into the title of the book

Wikipedia and Find A Grave articles should have their links formatted into the word "Wikipedia" or "Find A Grave." Only include the name of the topic if it is not the name of the person you are working on.


Katharine Dexter McCormick, Wikipedia

Because sites such as ProQuest, Ancestry, and JSTOR are not free to use, they should not be entered as links.

Finding Aids and other web resources.

Put the link on the title of the thing, rather than the title of the website or the organization.

Finding Aid for William Adams Brown Papers, 1865-1938, Union Theological Seminary Archives, Columbia University.


We do not cite "Ancestry" as a source; instead we cite the record that Ancestry provided (the 1910 U.S. Census, or California Death Index, etc.) Copy that database name exactly as it appears on Ancestry, and include the search name that you used to find it.

If you use Find A Grave through Ancestry, click through to get the URL for Find A Grave itself (see above).

Mary I Garland, 1910 United States Federal Census

Jane Addams, Honolulu, Hawaii, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1900-1959

John A. Linn, WWI, WWII, and Korean War Casualty Listings

Some Good Sources to cut and paste:

Women Building Chicago: 1790-1990, ed. Rima Lumin Schultz and Adele Hast (2001), pp.

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