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Citing Sources is Crucial
Giving Credit to Whom It Is Due
When you write a research paper, you must document the sources you used to produce it. When quoting or even paraphrasing another person's idea in your paper, you must give credit to that person so that the reader can find the source you cited.
Sources for which you should provide full citations include books, articles, interviews, Internet sources, government documents, software, videotapes, etc. You cite the sources briefly within the text of your paper, and then give the full citation in the "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" section at the end of your paper.
Citation Basics & Links
Citing your sources is an important step in the research and writing process. Visit UMA's full Citation Guide for all our advice on citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.
Choose one of the following to get started:
Documentation style depends on the area (or 'discipline') of study. For instance, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) citation style is often used in the social sciences, whereas the Modern Language Association (MLA) style is used by students of the humanities. Check with your professor to be sure you are using the right style for your papers.
Want an overview of why citation is important and how to do it? Check out the URSUS Citation Tutorial:
Citation help from Academic Search Complete & other EBSCO databases
Academic Search Complete (along with Business Source Complete, CINAHL, PsycInfo, and other EBSCO databases) will create a citation for you! Look for the "Cite" button to view citations in all the major citation formats.