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Citation Styles

Citing tips and tricks from several styles.

Citing Your Sources

A citation describes an information source by providing its

  • author(s) or editor(s)
  • title(s) (article, journal, book, book chapter, web page, etc.)
  • publication information (place, publisher, date), and/or…
  • point of access (database, URL, date accessed)

There are numerous reasons for citing sources, including:

  • avoiding plagiarism (a form of academic misconduct)
  • adding credibility to your paper or project
  • increasing the findability of your information sources

If you don’t want to do citations “by hand,” there are various citation tools you can use:

  • Citation Builders — easy to use; create one citation at a time by filling in blanks on web forms; best for small numbers of citatations
  • Zotero — “a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.”

Finally, Cite Source, from Trinity College Library in Hartford, Connecticut, provides an excellent overview of the concepts of intellectual property, rights and licenses, along with numerous examples of major citation styles.