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Cite Sources: Welcome!

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


Welcome to the Cite Sources Research Guide! This research guide is designed to get you started with creating citations for a variety of sources in several different styles. Use the tabs at the top to navigate different styles. If you need more help, use the button below to make an appointment with one of our helpful librarians!

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What style should I use?

There's a variety of different citation styles, and it can be confusing to switch between them. Different disciplines usually use different styles: MLA style is typically used by the Humanities, APA style is often used by Education and Psychology, and Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History, Business, and some of the Fine Arts. However, these are not hard and fast rules. If you're not sure what style you should use, ask your professor! 


What should I cite?

You do need to cite anything that you quote directly from another source, whether that's a movie, an audio clip, a newspaper, or a scholarly article. You should also cite information that you learned from another source.  If you're paraphrasing or summarizing someone else's information, you still need to give them credit for coming up with the idea.

You don't need to cite things that are considered "common knowledge", meaning basic facts or other things most people know. For example: you wouldn't need to cite the fact that the capital of Tennessee is Nashville. You also don't need to cite your own experiences, thoughts, or conclusions about a subject.

When in doubt - cite it! 

Why should I cite my sources?
There's lots of reasons to cite your work (adapted from UCLA Libraries):  It helps you avoid plagiarizing. It 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. It 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. And finally, it's 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.
What's Belmont's policy on academic integrity?

More information can be found in the Bruin Guide

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