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Cited Reference Searching


Citing sources correctly is a vital part of an overall research paper in terms of ethics (giving credit to authors of resources you have used) and the research chain (identifying the documents used in research for others to find)

Citations consist of the bibliographic or identifying information for a book, article, or other document used in research.

Instructors will often assign specific citation format (e.g., APA, MLA, Turabian, or Chicago) but whatever style you use, be consistent.

The sub pages of this guide introduce you to the commonly used styles. 

Where to Find Citation Information

Most databases and catalogs include a Cite This icon that provides the components of citations in various formats: