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Citing your sources is important because:
- It shows you've done research by looking up scholarly resources
- It allows others to look up the sources you used to find the information
- It prevents you from being accused of plagiarism
Citations may look different depending on what style is used, but they contain the same information. The standard elements include:
- Author name(s)
- Title (of book or article and journal)
- Date of publication
- Page numbers
Database Citation Help
Many online periodical indexes show you exactly how to cite the sources you find. Look for a link that says something like "citation tools" or "cite this article." Click on that link, and you will see the citation in various formats. Here is an example of a citation in MLA format created in Academic Search Complete.
Note: you are ultimately responsible for making sure your citations are correct. Make sure that your indentations and spacing are correct.
Medvigy, David, et al. “Simulated Changes in Northwest
U.S. Climate in Response to Amazon
Deforestation*.” Journal of Climate, vol. 26, no.
22, Nov. 2013, pp. 9115–9136. EBSCOhost,
Online Citation Help: Purdue Online Writing Lab
Printed Citation Help
Call Number: LB2369 .G53 2016, REF LB2369 .G53 2016
The Modern Language Association, the authority on research and writing, takes a fresh look at documenting sources in the Eighth Edition of the MLA Handbook.
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