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Citing Your Sources

When you use use ideas from information sources in your papers and projects, you need to cite that information.

Which citation style should I use?

The citation style usually depends on the subject you are studying and what your professor recommends or requires. Our guide to citation styles can help you with your citations.   The most common styles for university assignments are:

Our Citation Styles Guide has examples from other style types.  Our plagiarism tutorial can help you cite information properly. 

Why should I cite my sources?

  Citing your sources:

  • is necessary to avoid plagiarism (a form of academic misconduct)
  • adds credibility to your paper or project
  • helps other find the information you used
  • gives attribution to the original author or content creator

A citation ensures that others can find the original  information source by providing its

  • author(s),  editor(s), or creators
  • title(s) (article, journal, book, book chapter, web page, etc.)
  • publication information (place, publisher, date), and/or…
  • point of access (database, URL, date accessed)

More tips on proper citations and avoiding plagiarism

To learn more tips on using citations properly and avoiding plagiarism: 

Visit our Plagiarism Tutorial