- Research Help
- Cite Sources
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.