Citing sources is crucial for several reasons:
Academic Integrity: Proper citation demonstrates honesty by giving credit to original authors, preventing plagiarism, and avoiding severe academic consequences.
Credibility: It adds credibility to your work by showing your ideas are supported by expert opinions, enriching your arguments.
Contribution to Knowledge: Citing sources places you within the scholarly conversation, contributing to the ongoing development of knowledge.
Skill Development: Learning to cite correctly enhances critical thinking, research, and writing skills, benefiting your academic and professional journey.
Citing sources is a fundamental aspect of undergraduate work, ensuring integrity, credibility, and skill development while contributing to academic discourse.
There are many citation styles but the most popular ones are:
We have guides available to use in the library, or you can see the staff at the Jenkins Center on campus as a quick resource.
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is also great for quick APA and MLA reference styles.
Note:Computer generated citation tools may not be always correct. Be familiar with your citation manual and look for errors.