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Citing Your Sources

Citations will be an important part of your academic life but can also be very confusing.

Citing a source means that you show, within the body of your text, that you took words, ideas, figures, images, etc. from another place.

Citations are a short way to uniquely identify a published work (e.g. book, article, chapter, web site).  They are found in bibliographies and reference lists and are also collected in article and book databases. 

Citations consist of standard elements, and contain all the information necessary to identify and track down publications, including:

  • author name(s)
  • titles of books, articles, and journals
  • date of publication
  • page numbers
  • volume and issue numbers (for articles)                  

Click here to review information on the varying styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, ACS, and IEEE)

 Working on a research project? Can’t keep all the information organized?

Use Citation management tools to do the following:

  • build a database of your referencescitation
  • attach articles to references so that all your research is in one place
  • store notes with references
  • search references
  • cite your sources in your paper with a touch of a button
  • automatically build your bibliography (works cited/reference list)
  • easily change your citation style if needed (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)

Click on the links for more info!