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Citing Your Sources

What does it mean to "cite" your sources?

When you do research for a paper or a project, you get some of your information from outside sources--books, magazines, journals, reports, and websites--that were written or produced by others.

When you sit down to write your paper or create your project, you have an ethical and legal obligation not to use others' words or ideas without giving them credit.

Citing is the way you give others credit for their work, and different disciplines have different "styles" of citing their sources.

This guide gives links to instructions for how to follow various citation styles.

Important: Your professor will tell you which citation style to use.

      

    Chicago Style

    The Chicago citation style is used widely in the publishing field.

    Important: Your professor will tell you which citation style to use.

    APA Style

    The American Psychological Association's citation style is used by disciplines within the social sciences.

    Important: Your professor will tell you which citation style to use.

    MLA Style

    The Modern Language Association's citation style is used in disciplines within the humanities.

    Important: Your professor will tell you which citation style to use.

    Citation Mega Sites

    These websites provide information and instructions for citing sources in various styles.

    • The Writer's Handbook
      Covers APSA, APA, CBE, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian
    • Research & Citation Resources
      Excellent, detailed guide to MLA, APA, and Chicago styles, with numerous examples
    • Research & Documentation Online
      "These guidelines provide the most current advice available for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles." (From the Web site.) Includes sample papers and an annotated list of sources for more than 30 disciplines.
    • Son of Citation Machine
      Free interactive tool helps you create citations in APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago styles.

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    Legal Style

    Legal sources follow a specialized citation style.

    Government Style

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