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Citing 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

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.

Plagiarism "Plagiarism: You quote it, you note it" (Transcript)
Length: 2 minutes
Source: Research Companion

Plagiarism"Things to Cite"
Length: 2 minutes
Source: Research Companion


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 TUTORIALS

APA StyleAPA Style 6th edition
Length: 10 minutes
Source: UCO Library

APA Style 7th edition Research Guide

NOTE: If you need to cite an electronic resource, use our online APA style guide to electronic references.


MLA STYLE TUTORIALS

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


CHICAGO STYLE TUTORIALS

UCO provides the full text of the Chicago Manual of Style online.


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.

Need more information?

Research Companion is a collection of self-guided video tutorials that can guide you through each step of the research process.

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