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Why citing sources?

You want to avoid plagiarism. Always cite your sources. Watch this Vaughan Memorial Library’s plagiarism tutorial.

Citing sources

It is important to cite your sources. If an idea, fact, or concept within your lab report or paper is not yours, make an acknowledgement using a citation. Different sources (books, articles, book chapters, etc.) are cited differently. These resources can help you with your citations and references:

APA Style Guide – this handout has basic information on citing resources in APA format.

MLA Style Guide – this handout has basic information on citing resources in MLA format.

Chicago Style Guide – this handout has basic information on citing resources in Turabian.

OWL (Online Writing Lab at Purdue) - Offers examples of citing sources and other helpful information for writing academic papers.

KnightCite is an example of web sources you can use to help format your reference or bibliography page. It should be used only as a guide because they may not be 100% accurate. Always check your entries against the manual.

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.