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LibraryThing: OU History of Science Collections HSCI 3013 - section 995 - Spring 2014

Bibliography guidelines

Although I am flexible about how you do bibliography citations, I would strongly suggest you follow the examples given below for web pages, books, chapters, and journals. However, the two most important criteria are completeness, and to be consistent from one citation to the next.

1. Web page

Author, "web page title", website title, url. Accessed on (date). Annotation (optional).


Kerry Magruder, "Is this a medieval flat-Earth woodcut?", http://homepage.mac.com/kvmagruder/flatEarth/. Accessed on July 15, 2006. This website shows many examples of images that are derived from a famous flat-Earth woodcut first published by Camille Flammarion in 1888. The topic that interests me most about this website is the durability of visual rhetoric as it relates to the flat-Earth myth and the history of science.

2. Book

Author, title (publisher place: publisher, date). Annotation (optional).


David Lindberg, The Beginnings of Western Science (Chicago, Chicago University Press, 1992). This text is a readable and highly acclaimed survey of pre-modern science by a distinguished historian of medieval science.

3. Chapter

Author, "chapter title," in author, title (publisher place: publisher, date), pp. # - #.


Claudius Ptolemy, "The Peculiar Nature of the Universe," in Dennis R. Danielson, The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking (Cambridge: Perseus Publishing, 2000), 68-74.

4. Journal

Author, "title," journal, year, volume: pages.


Peter Barker and Bernard R. Goldstein, "Patronage and the Production of De Revolutionibus," Journal for the History of Astronomy, 2003, 39: 345-368.

5. Summary of REQUIRED INFORMATION for citations in your Wikipedia Editing Project:

Be complete and be consistent!

“The familiar faces of my books welcomed me. I threw myself into my reading chair and gazed around me with pleasure. All my old friends present—there in spirit, ready to talk with me any moment when I was in the mood, making no claim upon my attention when I was not.” George MacDonald

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HSCI 3013. History of Science to 17th centuryCreative Commons license
Kerry Magruder, Instructor, 2004
Brent Purkaple, TA

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