Citation Help

Why We Cite

Citations are an important part of the scholarly conversation. They ...

  • demonstrate the research path someone took to develop an idea and
  • help to relate that idea to readers.

Citations also offer leads for researchers to follow to other pertinent information sources.


When to Cite

  • When you directly quote someone else
  • When you reference another person's ideas
  • When you outline someone else's argument or line of reasoning

Citation Help

Documentation of Citation Standards by Discipline

from the Purdue University Writing Lab

Automatic Citation Builders

WARNING: Automatically Generated Citations Can Be Incorrect!

  • Always double-check generated citations using OWL Purdue or another citation style guide.
  • You are responsible for the accuracy of all your citations!
  • Have questions? Talk with a librarian or your instructor.
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