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Citation Tools: Citation FAQ

Why do we cite?

Citations contain information about any work you have used in your research that is not your own.

The information that you will include in a citation will most often be the same no matter what style you are using; the information will just be listed differently.

Author

Date

Title

Publisher

Place of Publication

URL (Websites only)

Different disciplines call for different writing styles - ask your professor which style to use.

It is important to cite any source that you use in your research.

Here's why:

  • Citing gives proper credit to the original creator of the work.
  • Citing shows all of the sources you consulted in your research and displays your research process.
  • Citing provides a trail to help others find the sources you used.
  • Citing helps you to avoid plagiarism by showing where the information you used came from.

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction

From North Caroline State University

What should I cite?

You must cite any work that is not your own, including:

  • Text
  • Graphics
  • Photographs
  • Works of art
  • Music
  • Anything that is not considered common knowledge (something that is known by most people)

When in doubt, cite it!

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