It is important to give people credit for their work. When you cite a source you used in your research you are giving credit to the person whose idea you used or refer to. When you properly cite sources, you are demonstrating responsible scholarship.
You document the sources you use in your research in a works cited list or bibliography at the end of your project. For some projects you will include footnotes or in-text citations wherever you use someone else's idea or language.
What's in a citation
Citations include the information necessary for a reader to locate the original source. There are conventions for different disciplines as to the format of the citations. The American Psychological Associaton sets the conventions for APA style, for example.
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For any item (book, article, etc.) included in OneSearch, click on the title. Then, you can get the citation by clicking on
on the right side of the screen. Scroll down for different citation styles.
Click on the title of the source. Look for a link that says "Cite" or "CiteNow" or "Citation Tools."
For pre-formatted citations for books, go to Worldcat.org. Find the book you want to cite. Click on Cite/Export. Click on the + for the style you need (APA, MLA, etc.) Copy and paste the citation!
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Microsoft Word and Google Docs offer some tools to make citing sources within your project easier.