More guides on citing
This guide takes a broad look at the citation process and is a good place to start if you are unfamiliar with citing your sources.
Use this guide to familiarize yourself with the APA citation style.
Here is a similar guide for MLA.
And one for Chicago.
Not sure which citation style is used by your department? This guide will help you figure it out.
This guide will help you install and use Zotero, a bibliographic management tool.
Permission to use
By Mahrya Carncross, WIU Libraries, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
What is a citation builder?
With all the work that goes into researching and writing papers, you shouldn't spend too much time stressing about how to format your bibliographic citations. Luckily, there are plenty of tools that can help you create the citations you'll need for your bibliography. This guide will introduce you to some of these tools and give you some tips on how to make citation builders work for you.
Use the tabs at the top of this guide to find out more.
Who cares about citing anyway?
Failing to give credit to the sources you've quoted or summarized is plagiarism, plain and simple.
Diana Hacker, editor of The Bedford Handbook, reminds her readers that "[t]hree different acts are considered plagiarism: (1) failing to cite quotations and borrowed ideas, (2) failing to enclose borrowed language in quotation marks, and (3) failing to put summaries and paraphrases in your own words" (570).
The following sources contain additional information on plagiarism and why citing is important:
Gammage, J. (2005, November 20). Who owns an idea? Scholars take sides. The Boston Globe.