Archival Resources

A guide to archival resources at UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Citing Special Collections Materials

Remember that you need to correctly cite any special collections materials that you reference in your research. All uses of archival and photographic material must credit UTSA Libraries. The preferred citation for each specific archival and photograph collection is included in its finding aid under "Administrative Information."

Citation Format:

[Identification of item], Collection Name, Collection #, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

EXAMPLE:

Photograph of Beatrice Chapa with her Saint Bernard, Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers, MS 405, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections. Accessed August 18, 2016.

Citing Rare Books

Published books in Special Collections can be cited as you would other published materials. However, credit to UTSA Libraries Special Collections must be given for original (non-published) material, such as diaries and handwritten recipe books. If you are unsure which method to use, consult staff.

Citation Format for Unpublished Resources:

[Identification of item], Rare Books Collection, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Citation Format for Published Resources:

Follow the appropriate style guide as indicated by your instructor or that is common to your field of study, ex. APA, Chicago, MLA, Turabian, etc.