How do I cite sources?

What is citation?

After you gather information from outside resources to add to your own ideas about a topic, you will quote, paraphrase, or summarize those sources within the body of your paper.  Letting your reader know that these ideas are not your own is called “citation”. The failure to do so is called “plagiarism”—a serious academic offense you want to avoid! There are two parts to a proper citation:

  1. The information from the source (a quote, summary, or paraphrase), often preceded by a signal phrase and immediately followed by a parenthetical citation --letting your readers know when an idea comes from someone other than yourself within the text of your paper
  2. The separate page where you will list complete information about each of those sources.  This may be called "works cited," "reference list," or "bibliography," depending on the citation style used.  

What information do I need for a citation?

Collect as much as you can from the following list (not all bulleted items will be available depending on what you are citing):

  • Author (human or “corporate”—government agency, non-profit organization, business, etc.)
  • Title of article, chapter, web page
  • Title of book , magazine, newspaper, journal, web site
  • Specific page or paragraph numbers
  • Date of publication (and volume and issue numbers for periodicals)
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher
  • URL if from the web

Other Resources: What is the difference between MLA, APA, Chicago and other citation styles?

Who can help me with this? 

Reference Librarians (Library, Bldg 7)  253.566.5134

Tutors in the Writing & Tutoring Center (Bldg 7, 2nd floor) 253. 566.6032


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