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This Research Guide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources when writing an academic paper.
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In this LibGuide you will learn about various citation style guides and how to cite different types of sources.

Citation Help

Use these websites to help you create citations.



The primary purpose for citing sources in a paper is to inform readers where you found information for the paper or document you wrote. With cited sources, it gives an indication of what items you have read, heard, or viewed that led you to the viewpoints that you present. Sources of information are cited for the following reasons:

  • To show the work that you did locating information and giving credibility to the document that you wrote or produced.
  • To inform the reader exactly where the information was found so that the original items can be found in their entirety
  • To give credit to the authors that wrote and/or produced the materials you used to write your paper. By acknowledging other author's words and ideas instead of using them as your own, prevents plagiarism

Using Style Manuals

There are several commonly used styles for citing sources. These style manuals include:

In this guide you will find information on citing various types of sources from these styles. Be sure that you know which style manual is required for a particular assignment. If you are not sure, check with your instructor.



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Call Number: PE 1408 .H2778 2003
ISBN: 0312412622
Publication Date: 2003

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ISBN: 9780226484747
Publication Date: 2006

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Call Number: Ref ZA3075 .S74 2006
ISBN: 1591580994
Publication Date: 2005

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The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism
ISBN: 9780335241033
Publication Date: 2010


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