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Citing Your Sources  

This guide will help you properly cite your sources for research papers or projects.
Last Updated: Sep 5, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Guides to Common Types of Citation Styles

These are links to guides for common citation styles. Your teacher will tell you which style to use for your paper or project.

Citation Help!


Citing Sources- Getting Started Video

Watch this short video to get a better understanding of how and why to cite your sources!


Elements of a Citation in MLA 8

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Tool for Creating Your Citations

LFA provides you access to Noodletools, a citation website that will help you site sources, create notecards for research, and create a Bibliography or Works Cited page for your research paper or project.

  • Noodletools
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How to Avoid Plagiarism


What to cite?

You MUST cite: 

Facts, figures, ideas, theories (and any information that is not common knowledge) that you found in some other publication or source and used in your paper or project. Remember-- you MUST cite your source even if you paraphrase the original information.  If you use another person's exact words, you need to use quotation marks in addition to the citation to show proper attribution

Information may come from:

  • Publications such as:  books, eBooks, articles, web pages, government reports, etc.
  • Published or unpublished primary sources such as: diaries, photographs, oral history interviews, correspondence, etc. 

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