MLA-style and APA-style guidelines change over time, especially for citing sources accessed electronically. This guide incorporates the most up-to-date information about how to cite sources correctly.
If you use a citation generator from a database or website, doublecheck, using this guide, to be sure the generator has used the current rules.
Create a Trail: Citing sources produces a research trail so that those who read or hear your work can find the same materials you did. When you conduct research for a paper, presentation, or other composition, one way you “show your work” is by citing sources.
Avoid Plagiarizing: You must cite any quotation, summary, or restatement of any idea or passage from your research. Citing sources is giving credit where credit is due. Not citing sources is plagiarism and can carry severe academic penalties. See the Library's Plagiarism page for more information.
Use the tabs above or the following links to find more information about citing sources:
Overview of Citing Sources
Citing with Particular Styles
Other Helpful Websites
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