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Writing 10 (Contreras): Citing Sources

College Reading & Composition

Why Cite?

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.
  • It's an expected part of standard academic discourse.

Citation Formats

Different citation formats are used by different academic disciplines.  Professors will often require a particular format, but if they have no preference these guidelines may be helpful:

  • APA - psychology, education, and other social sciences
  • MLA - literature, arts, and humanities
  • Turabian - also used often in literature, history, and the arts
  • Chicago - used with all subjects in the "real world" by books, magazines, newspapers and other non-scholarly publications

More Citation Tools

RefWorks: Manage - Store - Format - Cite

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RefWorks is an online tool that helps you manage, store, format and cite resources used in the research process.