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Special Collections Citation Guide

How to cite materials found in Augustana College Special Collections.

Vertical Files

Vertical files are odd beasts, and may contain any number of types or formats of material.  In that regard, they can be similar to manuscript collections, just on a smaller scale.  The first thing you will need to do is distinguish between published material in a vertical file (such as a newspaper article) and unpublished material (such as a a typewritten draft of a speech). 

 

If the item is published, you will follow whatever rules your citation style requires for that type of published material, followed by some additional information about the vertical file location:

 

[Regular citation].  In the [Name of vertical file] vertical file, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

 

Example 1:  An article published in Rolling Stone magazine that you found in a vertical file in Special Collections.

Sager, Mike.  "Gut Check in the Heartland." Rolling Stone 7 Jan. 1993: 30-31, 54. In the Augustana College Football-1993 vertical file, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

 

If the item is unpublished, you should use the following format:

 

[Title], [Date], in the [Name of vertical file] vertical file, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

 

Example 2:  An unpublished, undated draft of an essay found in a vertical file

"How Large Is a Small College", undated, in the Bergendoff, Conrad John Immanuel-Articles by-no date vertical file, Special Collections, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.