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Citing Sources: Start Here

DISCLAIMER: Material provided is only intended as a guide. This guide is not a substitute for professional legal advice.

What You Need To Understand

Give credit where it is due, it is the smart (and ethical) thing to do.
Bonus: You also avoid plagiarism (theft of credit) by citing sources.

How do I write a citation?

Use only one citation style per project (APA or MLA most common). Ask your teacher what style they prefer.

Use  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 citation manager such as KnightCite if you have a large number of resources.

A good citation (map) leads you back to the original source (content).

Citing a resource properly should allow another person to RE-search out the exact same content you mentioned or borrowed. It may be in a website, in print or pdf, but the content should be available and find-able based on the information you cite. 

Style manuals are like a template, a standard that helps keep citations consistent.  This makes it easier to re-search and find original content when the the citation is the only clue to source.  Think of it as a map to a treasure.

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