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Citations Guide

Why do I need to cite my sources?

Why do I need to cite my sources?

In writing your research paper, you will usually use the ideas of previous authors. In order to use and build on those ideas in your paper, you must cite where information comes from.

There are three main reasons why you need to cite:

1. Prevents plagiarism and gives credit to the original author

2. Allows anyone who reads your paper enough information to find the source you used

3. Provides solid research to help prove the information you present

There are two parts to citing sources. In-text citations and your References (APA), Bibliography (Chicago), or Works Cited (MLA) page. Keep reading to learn about the differences between in-text citations and the list of references.

Please Ask A Librarian if you need any help with your citations! 

ACC Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity: Plagiarizing, cheating, or committing any other form of academic misconduct including, but not limited to, unauthorized collaboration, falsification of information, and/or helping someone else violate reasonable standards for academic behavior. Students who engage in any type of academic dishonesty are subject to both academic consequences as determined by the instructor and to outcomes as set forth in the Student Behavioral Expectations and Responsibilities Resolution Procedure.

To make sure that you are properly documenting your sources, use the information on these pages to make sure you are citing your sources correctly.

Please Ask A Librarian if you need any help with your citations.