Guide to writing history essays

Internet Sites and Oral/Audiovisual Sources

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5. Internet Sites and Oral/Audiovisual Sources
5.1 Internet sites are becoming an increasingly popular source for students conducting research on historical topics. While such sites should be used with extreme caution, there are some areas (such as access to primary sources) where they can be very useful. You should in all cases provide a reference for the exact web address and the date on which you accessed it. Note that for some on-line databases and reference sites, there is often a note on ‘how to cite this entry’ at the end of the article.
Here are some examples of how to cite acceptable web sources:
Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels. ‘Manifesto of the Communist Party’. Archived at the Marxists Internet Archive. [ /marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/index.htm]. Accessed on 30 January 2007.
‘The Treaty of Versailles, 28 June 1919’. Archived at The Avalon Project at Yale Law School. []. Accessed on 30 January 2007.
5.2 Oral interviews should be referenced by the name of the subject of the interview, followed by the name of the interviewer and the date the interview took place, as well as the physical location of the interview recording.
Bates, Cathy. Interview by James Smith, 12 October 1995 (Murdoch University Library, Perth), QB23, box 1.
5.3 Audio-visual sources such as movies are identified by the title, the director, and distinctive information about the print or cut of the source. For musical sources, the bibliography usually lists the title of the relevant album rather than individual songs.
‘Blade Runner’. DVD. Dir. Ridley Scott. Burbank, CA: Warner Home Video, 1983.

Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde, Columbia Records, released 27 June 1966.

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