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College Writing Guide: Citing Sources

What Does It Mean to Cite Sources?

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Citing sources shows respect for readers, originators of sources, and academic honesty policies. When creating citations, you will use both:

  • In-text citations (located within the body of your paper)
  • bibliographies (reference lists that appear at the end of your paper)

Citations guide readers to the sources from which you summarized, quoted, and paraphrased in your paper.

Why Do You Need to Cite?

From the Cooperative Library Instruction Project, a quick tutorial on why you need to cite all of your sources:

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Citation Generators

They can save you time, but check with your professor to make sure it’s okay to use them. They’re not always up to date.

APA Citation Styles

The APA style is used primarily in the social sciences and education fields. Sites also have sample research papers to demonstrate each style.

Chicago/Turabian Citation Styles

The Chicago/Turabian style is mainly used in history and journalism.

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