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Citing Your Sources

Welcome to Citing Your Sources

Welcome to Citing Your Sources

This guide is intended to help you cite sources, avoid plagiarism, learn about citation styles and available citation tools, lead you to library resources to help you cite sources, and more.

Please note that the information provided on these pages is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. If you need additional assistance citing sources beyond what is provided here, speak to your professor, a librarian, or contact the Tutoring Center.

Be sure to check with your professor for the citation style required for your assignment!

Navigate through this guide by using the tabs on the side.

Why do we cite?

There are many reasons why it is so important to cite the sources you use in your research.

  • You demonstrate to your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information.
  • You avoid plagiarism by quoting the words and ideas of other scholars.
  • You are being a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas.
  • You allow your reader to find the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by using in-text citations or footnotes in combination with a bibliography or works cited list.