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Greek, Latin, & Ancient Mediterranean Studies

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The Center for Writing & Learning (CWL), located in Howarth 109, offers students opportunities to get help on all aspects of the writing process.  Services include:

  • Writing Advisors who are selected through a rigorous application process and who are specially trained to help students get started on a paper, organize their thoughts, or improve their editing skills.
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Sound Writing


Sound Writing is the official writing handbook on campus, written by student writing advisors and specifically tailored to the needs of Puget Sound students and their faculty.

In addition to supporting the development of successful academic writing skills, Sound Writing also includes sections on research methods, writing in the disciplines, and more.

Sound Writing provides help with three citation styles: MLA, APA, and Chicago (notes & bibliography).

Current Edition: 2020

Citation Style for Classics

As a discipline, Classics typically follows the Humanities style of The Chicago Manual of Style , the contents of which are available completely online to the University of Puget Sound community. 

Chicago style offers specialized guidelines for the citing of classical Greek and Latin sources (just type in "classical greek and latin references" in the search box once you've clicked the link to The Chicago Manual of Style .  You may also wish to consult "Writing in Classics," by the Skidmore College Department of Classics.

  • In general, cite classical sources in the notes using section and line numbers:

    [Author], [Title] [Book/Section.] [Line #s cited]


    Sophocles, Antigone 904-922.

    Homer, Iliad 18.141-143.
  • The field of Classics tends to use abbreviations quite a bit.  Don't make up your own abbreviations!  Instead, use the extensive list available in The Oxford Classical Dictionary OnlineAfter clicking on the link to the OCD, click "All contents," then "Front matter," then "Abbreviations," as illustrated in the screen shot below:

Guides to Research and Writing

Citing Sources

Citations are key to participating in the scholarly community. They are a way to converse with other scholars, but they also:

  • Give fair credit to others for their ideas, creations, and expressions.
  • Back up claims and statements.
  • Provide a way for an interested reader to learn more.
  • Support academic integrity.

Consult Citation Tools to learn more about different citation styles.  Collins Library also supports two knowledge management tools:  RefWorks and Zotero.