Citations include the information for the reader to find the original source of information. This is an important step in establishing credibility in your writing. Properly citing sources is an important part of academic honesty and avoiding plagiarism. Remember, you must cite any time you use information from a source which includes directly quoting the source, paraphrasing, or borrowing an idea.
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Ask your instructor which citation style you should use. Detailed information (examples, quick guides, and useful websites) on the most widely used style guides, APA (6th ed.), MLA (8th ed.) and Chicago (16 ed.), are provided in separate tabs in this Guide.
Generally, these guides are used in the following disciplines
If you have a specific question that isn't answered on the Guide:
Citation builders are online tools that automatically format your resources in a specific style. They are certainly time savers but REMEMBER TO CHECK the citations that these tools generate against the official style guide that you instructor requires you to use. A common formatting error of most citation builders is that they rarely indent the second, and subsequent, lines of a citation. This is required by nearly all citation style.
Two easy to use citation builders are