The reason for citing your sources is to give credit to those authors whose ideas you used in your research. Even when you do not quote directly from another work, if reading that source contributed to the ideas presented in your paper, you should include it in your bibliography. If you do not cite the source, you may be guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism is using the ideas and writings of others and representing them as your own.
Although you should always confirm with your instructor, Chicago/Turabian is the usual citation style used in History and you should become familiar with how to format Chicago and Turabian-style citations.
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