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Citing your sources is important because:
- Giving credit (attribution) to original authors helps you avoid plagiarizing
- Citations allow your readers to find your sources
- Citations add credibility to your arguments
- Your professors expect it as part of standard academic discourse
Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction (NCSU)
Enter a URL, ISBN, title etc.to build your bibliography in your preferred citation style (9,000+ styles available.)
Always compare citations generated from a database or a citation generator (like Zotero, Easy Bib, etc.) with a correctly formatted citation. Auto-generated citations can contain errors and need to be reviewed.
Step 1: Enter your title, DOI, or URL and click Cite. You may be prompted to confirm your item. If Zotero cannot locate your item, use the Manual Entry option.
Step 2: Using the Bibliography dropdown menu to select your preferred style. If your style is not listed, select 9,900+ other styles available to search for additional styles.
Step 3: Type the style name you would like to use and click, Add.