In this section, you will learn how to:

  1. Identify parts of a citation
  2. Properly cite your sources to avoid accidental plagiarism
Navigate to pages within this section:

  1. Why Cite?
  2. What Is a Citation?
  3. Parts of a Citation
  4. Citing Tools & Tips
  5. Citation Styles
  6. Citing Sources Quiz

Citing your sources is often left for the last minute, which can lead to frustration. It helps to keep track of citation information as you do your research, and put citations into your paper as you write.

If you need help with the writing portion of your research project, please visit our sister site, the Writing Resource Center.

If you wish to use a citation manager, there are three free tools available: ProQuest FLOW, Zotero, and Mendeley. Check out the Comparing Citation Tools page to choose.

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