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This guide provides information on citing your sources in some of the most commonly used citation formats: APA, MLA, and Chicago.

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This guide will help you cite your sources.

This guide covers APA, MLA, and Chicago style citations. Click the tabs above for the style you need.

Why do we cite sources? Any words, ideas or images that you do not create yourself must be properly credited to avoid plagiarism. Citing information sources acknowledges the origin of your information and it provides support and credibility to your work by showing evidence of your research.

A citation is a reference to the source of an idea, information or image that includes identifying information, such as the author, title, date,  publication format, etcetera, in a specific format.

It is important to properly credit the author or creator when using somebody else’s words, ideas or images.  Doing this avoids plagiarism and acknowledges the origin of information. It also provides support and credibility to your work by showing evidence of your research.
 

A citation is a reference to the source of an idea, information or image. It typically includes identifying information, such as the author, title, date, publisher, and access information.
The following resources provide information on MLA, APA and Chicago formats for print and online sources.

 

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