Citing your sources is important because it:
- lets your professor or reader know where you got the information.
- gives proper credit to the researcher.
- keeps you from inadvertently committing plagiarism.
Which Style Do I Use?
Different disciplines use different citation styles, which are specific ways of formatting your citations. In the sciences, you will usually use the American Psychological Association (APA) or Council of Science Editors (CSE) style. Check with your professor or syllabus if you're not sure.
Getting Citations from Databases
Many of our databases will help you out with your citations. When you're viewing an article, look for a link called "Cite," "Citation Tools," or similar. It looks like this in EBSCO:
Or like this in Gale:
Click the link for the citation. You can copy and paste it into your file, or you can email or save it to use later. Make sure you choose the right format.
Don't forget to double-check the citation before using it in your paper! Make sure the words are spelled and formatted properly, put things in italics where necesary, and use DOIs instead of URLs if you should.
Using a Citation Generator
There are many websites that allow you to input the information about your source; the website will then give you a citation in the proper format. Always make sure to double-check that the website formatted things correctly before turning in your project.
A few citation generators are:
Formatting Your Citations Yourself
You can also create your own citations by looking at the standard format, then inputting the title, author, etc. in the correct place. Not sure how your citations are supposed to look? Try the resources below: