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Cite Sources: Why Should I Care?

Citing your sources properly is critical to your academic success. Find out more about Central's policies on academic dishonesty.


Plagiarism is the act of using anyone else's ideas, words, or concepts without giving them proper credit. Not only is it good research practice to give fair credit to other researchers, plagiarism can have serious consequences, including expulsion from the university.

Cite Sources: How?

You know you need to avoid plagiarism and cite your sources properly. What's next? Here are some guides that will help you learn to cite your sources using APA, MLA, and Chicago style guides.

APA Style

Research Guide: APA Style Research Guide
Ebook: full text of APA style guide to electronic references.

MLA Style

Research guide: MLA Style Research Guide

"MLA Style Tutorial"
Length: 11 minutes
Source: Kyle Stedman

Chicago Style

Research guide: Chicago Style Research Guide
Ebook: full text of the Chicago Manual of Style


Style Workshops

The library offers hands-on workshops on APA, MLA, and Chicago Styles. They are about an hour long and are free and open for anyone to attend. If you would like to find out when the next classes are offered, view the Library Event Calendar.

Quick Reference Guides

We have created some short guides with examples of how to cite commonly-used sources, such as how to cite a book, article, or website. Learn how to cite common resources with our APA, MLA, Chicago, or Turabian style handouts.