Citing Your Sources

Avoiding Plagiarism By Citing Sources

When do you need to cite a resource you use for your research assignment? ALWAYS! Whether you use a direct quotation (author's exact words) or paraphrase it (putting the author's main ideas/points into your own expressions), you have to cite it.

Tip: Always check to see if your research assignment requires a certain type of citation style before you begin. If you're not sure, check with your professor!

More on Academic Integrity

Plagiarizing is just one example of Academic Dishonesty. Other examples include:

  • Letting your work be used by other students (like uploading it to a shared site like Course Hero).
  • Reusing your own paper (self-plagiarizing) for different courses.
  • Inventing or fabricating evidence, sources, or citations.

In addition to being unethical, violating Academic Integrity may lead to disciplinary action. Visit the Student Code of Conduct on Academic Integrity for more details.

Formatting Citations

MLA Style

APA Style

Chicago Style

ACS Style

Citation Management Tools

  • BibMe Free Citation Generator
  • EasyBib Free Citation Generator
  • Son of Citation Machine Free Citation Generator.
  • Zotero Citation Manager Free Download works in your Firefox browser to collect, manage, and cite resources for you.
  • Mendeley:   Free reference manager that can help you organize your research, automatically generate bibliographies & more.

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