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Detail from Sculling on the Potomac by J. Love, 1888

Detail from Sculling on the Potomac by J. Love, 1888. From the University Art CollectionBooth Family Center for Special Collections

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If I am not quoting from a book but just mention the book by title, do I still need to footnote and use a bibliography?

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The short answer is no, though some style guides suggest putting the year of publication in parenthesis after the title. The Chicago Manual of Style Online says, "authors [should] identify the sources of direct quotations or paraphrases and of any facts or opinions not generally known or easily checked." So a simple mention does not require a citation. Just remember to italicize the book title!

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