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- Helps prevent plagiarism
- It's required for any research
- To prove which resources you've used
- Separate your ideas from the ideas of others
- Gives your work credibility and authority
When to Cite
- Whenever you quote, paraphrase, summarize or borrow ideas from the work of others
- Any source or any format you borrow from
How to Cite
- Keep track of your resources as you go. Author, title, and publication details are always needed.
- Keep track of the quotes you use and which source they came from
- Know what citation style your professor requires (example: MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)
- Layout of the citation varies by discipline and format of the cited work
For guidelines on citing sources using different styles, go to Citing Your Sources on the Library's Homepage.
If you're doing this for a class, you'll need to complete each of the following sections: