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Cite Sources

Why Cite?

Bibliographies are an essential part of academic research. Citing all the resources consulted in a bibliography or a works cited page is not just a requirement for a grade; it adds credibility to your arguments.

Citations allow readers to see which sources were used to support a research paper or assignment. Failing to give credit to sources can result in plagiarism. To avoid the consequences of plagiarism, simply give credit to your sources using in-text citations and the full citations on your reference or works cited page.


  • Leave time. Preparing a bibliography can take longer than you expect.
  • Track as you go. Copies of articles, notes from books, and e-mails of articles from the library databases will help when you must prepare your bibliography page.
  • Use your tools. The library databases and the library catalog offer citation tools. Look for a CITE THIS or CITE ME link.
  • WARNING: These computer-generated citations are not always correct. Library staff recommend proofreading your citations with the information on the OWL at Purdue site.
  • Need formatting help? Try these resources:​

Ask us! Library staff have experience with citations. We are happy to assist you.