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Why citations are necessary in academic writing and how to create them.
Last Updated: Jun 17, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Did you know there are tools that will help you build your work cited list or reference list? Visit  EasyBib or BibMe to get started!

Just pick the kind of resource you're citing, fill in the information about the resource, and then choose to download the work cited list or reference list in the format you need (MLA, APA, or others). You'll be asked to fill out a registration form, but it's quick and free!


Citation-Builder Part 2

Many databases will help you create citations in the format you need for the articles you choose. The two most common databases are Academic One and Academic Search Premier.

Click on the links below for step-by-step directions.


Why Do I Need To Cite Sources?

If you are using a source within your paper, that work has been created by someone else. When you use a particular book, article, or website to help you choose your topic, rewrite the information in your own words, or quote the source directly, you must signal to your reader that the information being presented is not your own original work. You can signal this to your reader by attributing the information to the original source, which means identifying the work and the author through citation.

Pine Manor College’s policy on academic honesty and plagiarism:

Academic Ethics and Integrity


How Can Citing Sources Help Me?

Citing Sources Can Benefit You In Several Ways:

1. Citing your sources protects against plagiarism.

2. Citing your sources lets your reader know where you got your information. This allows your reader access to that same information, if they choose to review the original source.

3. Citing your sources provides support for your work, adding credibility to your argument, by showing your reader that you have done your research and gained an understanding of your topic.


How Do I Cite Sources?

To cite sources use one of these common documentation styles:

MLA (Modern Language Association)

APA (American Psychological Association)

CMS (Chicago Manual of Style)

 Note: Always check with your professor to see which style of documentation you should use, as different classes require you to use different forms of documentation.


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