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Citing Sources

Check out this video tutorial - Citing video thumbnail

Citing your sources is a twofold process

  1. Gather Information
  2. Edit & Format

1.  Gather Information

Rather than grabbing each part (author, title, publication date, etc.) of a citation from an article or book individually, every library database and the library catalog offer a Cite feature. In the form of a link or button it most often lies on the top or right hand side of a database screen. This feature generates a citation of the research you are viewing in multiple formats. Simply click the “Cite” button, select the citation format you need, and copy and paste the provided citation into your document..

NOTE that this citation creator is imperfect. and while very close, doesn’t always create a citation you will end up using, While it does get you very close to an accurate citation and makes research much easier than creating each citation from scratch, it is not always correct. Ultimately, your grade depends on proper citations, , so do review each and every one of these citations for accuracy.

2.  Edit & Format

Each school has specific expectations for editing and formatting papers and bibliographies. Please see the following resources for further help in this   area.

CAGS Online Writing Lab  [requires login into Connect]

CUS Writing Center  on the Lakewood Campus.

Also check out the library's Writing Guide

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