Cite Sources

How Do I Cite Sources?

There are a number of ways to alert your reader to the resources that helped shape your work. To ensure that the proper credit is awarded to a source, you should keep track of the information collected during the research process.

Failure to cite your source, or to do so improperly, is plagiarism. Whether intended or not, improper citation creates in the mind of the reader the perception that you are the author of an idea that may not have been your own.

How to Cite Sources:

    1.  The first step is establishing the citation style that you must use for the paper that you intend to submit. The style you should use is usually determined by the course in which you are enrolled. Ask your instructor what style they require or recommend.

The links provided below will connect you to informative webpages that outline the key characteristics of each form of citation.






    2.  To assist you in the proper formatting and design of your citations, we strongly recommend Zotero, a free, easy-to-use software to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It operates right where you do your work in the web browser itself.

For more information on how to use Zotero read this guide, published by the software developers themselves (also available as a PDF).

   3.    For any assistance please contact the Reference Desk through the handy Ask a Librarian chat box, or send an email to the Reference Desk for a free tutorial!