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Cite Sources: Citing Sources

Help with the various citation styles (APA, MLA, etc)

Belmont's Academic Honor Pledge

"In affirmation of the Belmont University Statement of Values, I pledge that I will not give or receive aid during examinations; I will not give or receive false or impermissible aid in course work, in the preparation of reports, or in any other type of work that is to be used by the instructor as the basis of my grade; I will not engage in any form of academic fraud. Furthermore, I will uphold my responsibility to see to it that others abide by the spirit and letter of this Honor Pledge."

Learn more about Belmont's academic honor system in the

Why cite?

Four reasons to cite (from UCLA Libraries):

1. Helps you avoid plagiarizing.

2. Allows the reader to find your research sources. Think of citations as footprints leading the reader through some of the steps you took to reach your conclusions.

3. Provides evidence for your arguments and adds credibility to your work by demonstrating that you have sought out and considered a variety of viewpoints on a given topic.

4. Is standard practice for scholars and students engaged in written academic conversations. By citing your sources, you demonstrate that you are responding to this person, agreeing with that person, adding something to what so-and-so said and so forth.

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What is plagiarism?

Check out this video from the Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University. 

Parts 2 and 3 can be found on their website.

Which style?

 There are several different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline. For example:

  • MLA style is typically used by the Humanities
  • APA style is often used by Education and Psychology
  • Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History, Business, and some of the Fine Arts

Check with your professor to make sure you use the preferred style.