This Subject Guide was designed to provide you with assistance in citing your sources when writing a paper.
There are different styles which format the information differently, so select the tab for the style you need and take a look at some examples.
There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:
Check with your professor to make sure you use the required style. And whatever style you choose, BE CONSISTENT!
Following are several online or desktop/laptop based citation builders that are geared towards helping students with the main academic citation styles: American Psychological Association (APA), Modern Language Association (MLA), and Chicago Manual of Style. Even though these online citation builders have been developed to provide consistent citations with the rules set out by the citation style guides, users are ultimately responsible for the citations and should be sure to proofread them for accuracy.
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This LibGuide was created by Scott Pfitzinger, Information Commons & Technology Librarian at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. Other users of LibGuides are welcome to use this Guide as a template and to make changes as necessary to fit their custom needs.
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"Academic writing is at its root a conversation among scholars about a topic or question...Given the importance of this conversation to research, authors must have comprehensible, verifiable means of referring to one another's work. Such references enable them to give credit to the precursors whose ideas they borrow, build on or contradict and allow future researchers interested in the history of the conversation to trace it back to its beginning." (emphasis added)
MLA Handbook. 8th Edition. New York: MLA. 5. Print.
Properly citing your sources will help you synthesize your research with your own ideas and avoid plagiarism.