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Citing Sources

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1. Use the Citation Tool

Most of our databases have a citation tool, which will format the citation for you. Always double-check it for accuracy!

2. Refer to Purde OWL

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides resources for citing in APA, MLA, and Chiago style. Find it here.

3. Ask a Librarian or Your Instructor

If you're still unsure of a citation, ask a librarian or your instructor! We promise to point you in the right direction.

Using the Cite Tool

Citation generators are, clearly, powerful tools. However, because citation generators have the potential to change the writing task so drastically, it’s important for writers to educate themselves about them. Used wisely, citation generators remove much of the tedium from the writing task so that writers can focus on the things that matter most—their ideas. Used unwisely, however, they can introduce systematic errors that the writer isn’t even aware of.

Thus, writers should remember that citation generators cannot (and should not) do their thinking for them. The rest of this guide provides information that can help you keep this simple principle in mind as you work.

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