Citing sources for a research paper or project can sometimes be tough, but it doesn't have to be! This research guide explains why citing sources is important, provides information on different citation styles, and contains links to examples.
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Citing your sources is very important because...
What is Plagiarism?
There are two places in your paper where you will cite the sources you used.
Remember, when you use an idea that is not your own, you MUST cite it!
The links below provide general information about citations and plagiarism.
Different citation styles are used by different subjects. The punctuation, formatting, and bibliographic information included in the citation will look different depending on which style you use. Always ask your teacher which citation style they prefer.
All citations are made up of similar information or what is commonly called "Bibliographic Information."
Remember the parts of a citation with The 4 W's: Who, What, When, and Where.
Who: Who created the source? This could be a person, multiple people, or an institution. Often listed as the author, editor, and/or contributor.
What: What the source is. Always include the title of the source. Depending on what style you are using, you may also have to include the source's format (print, image, video, etc).
When: When the source was published. Depending on what style you are using, you may also have to include the date you accessed the source. This is usually done for websites.
Where: Where the source came from. Each source format has its own rules of what to list in your citation, but can include a city of publication, a page number, or a URL.