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Science

Avoid Plagiarism - Cite Your Sources

Why cite your sources?

  • Gives credit to the creators of the information that you used in your papers, presentations, and projects
  • Adds credibility to your argument or assertions
  • Helps you avoid committing plagiarism
  • Shares the sources you found with other researchers

For more information about avoiding plagiarism, visit CPP's Student Conduct and Integrity website.


Which citation style should you use?

  • Check with your instructor to be sure. Your professor may have provided guidelines and examples for the class to follow, so be sure to consult those materials.
  • If your professor allows you to choose a standard citation style to follow, aim for consistency when following it.

Citation tools that help!

Gather many references with a reference manager such as Zotero or EndNote. A reference manager can quickly create a bibliography for you, and you can choose from a variety of citation styles.

Or create one or a few quick citations with these tools:


See examples and guidance from Purdue OWL

APA and MLA are two commonly-used standard citation styles, but check with your professor before using either.

For using APA style:

For using MLA style:

Writing help

Writing help:

  • The Academic Phrase Bank provides "examples of some of the phraseological 'nuts and bolts' of writing." Web site created by John Morley at the U of Manchester. http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/