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_First Year Writing - Regional Campuses — Citing Sources

This guide focuses on research resources for English classes at the Regionals with information for specific assignments.

Why is citing important?

Any information that came from a source outside of your own head needs to be cited.  If you have any questions about citations, you can use the Ask a Librarian Chat for help.


  •     Give credit where credit is due
  •     Allow your readers to verify your research
  •     Help your readers situate your ideas within a scholarly conversation
  •     Allow you to strengthen your argument by properly introducing evidence
  •     Helps you avoid plagiarism

Sample Citation entries - MLA & APA

Citation Styles

Citation Tools in Databases

Examples of buttons in databases that will automatically create a citation if clicked

When you're using the General Search or browsing library databases, keep an eye out for buttons like these. They will create a citation for you to use!  As always, it's your responsibility to check that the citation is correct.

Some online tools

Use these tools if you need to quickly create 1 or 2 citations.

Remember, it is always your responsibility to double-check that your citation is accurate!