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What Does It Mean to Cite Sources?

Bibliography page 

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.

APA Citation Style

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

Why We Cite

Created by FCC librarians, the Why We Cite Tutorial is an interactive workshop that will show you:

  • Why citing sources is important
  • What citations generally look like and the information they contain
  • What contexts in which you will need to cite


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.

Citations FAQ

Have a question about how to cite something? Browse or search here for examples of citations in the major formats: APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian.

Note: This is not an automatic citation generator. 

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