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Last Updated: May 20, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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How do I write a citation?

Ask your teacher what style they prefer.

Use cite suggestions provided by databases when available.  

Ask your teacher if the database cite suggestion is good enough, or whether you need to further check your style with a style manual (especially in technical and upper level writing courses).

Copy/paste and alphabetize citations yourself, or use a ciation manager if you have a large number of resources - or have more than one paper to write using some of the same resources.

Only use one style per project.  Don't mix APA with MLA!

Not so fast!

So - You want to use that?  Did you create it?  Do you own the copyright?

If YOU created the content
- AND it is not just a photoshopped / edited / distorted / manipulated  copy of some one else's content
- AND you did not create the content as "work for hire"  
- THEN you probably own the content =That gives you the COPYRIGHT or right to make money off any copy of the content.

  • Do not do anything to prevent someone else from making money off of their content.
  • Cite any content you use in your project that is not your own.
  • Manipulation and publishing of content created by others may be an infringement of the content owner's copyright.
  • If there is not a publicly noted permission to use, get permission from the content holder before uploading anything and making it public.
  • If you were hired to make something, your employer may own the content copyright; make sure you understand your contract.

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