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Citation Help: Introduction

A web guide for students who have questions about citing sources correctly.

Citation Help

Here are some resources that can help you cite your sources correctly. Click on the tabs above for information. The tabs for APA and MLA style have a number of examples. Under Bibliography help, there are links to citation generators that will format your citations for you. There is also a resource called Refworks that can help you organize and format citations.

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Why Cite?

  • Webpages expire, books and articles get lost, photographs and films degrade. Citations are necessary in order to assure that the next person would be able to access the same information through different means.
  • Citing is also important for credibility and building on research. You may have a good idea, but simply stating it does not make it true or believable. Give your ideas validity and support by citing established authors.
  • To avoid plagiarism - nothing is worse to an author than discovering their hard work has been stolen and claimed as original by someone else. Citations give authors their due credit.

Additional Help

Hopefully the information in this guide will help you with citing sources correctly, but if you feel you need additional help, the Writing Center at Purdue has an extensive tutorial on APA and MLA citation styles.  Check out their Online Writing Lab (OWL).

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