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Cite Sources

Here are some tools to help you cite the sources you use in an essay, speech, poster or other project.

Citation style guidelines and samples

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EasyBib citation builder

There are lots of tools and websites that can help you create great citations and bibliographies. Have you tried EasyBib yet? Start by choosing what type of resource you'd like to cite in the widget below. Then either search for a citation, or build your own - but be careful to double-check all citations before you turn them in!

EasyBib: the bibliography maker.

Need more help? Try the EasyBib handout.

Why cite sources?

Plagiarism is the use of words and ideas written by others without giving credit to the authors of those words. You should cite the sources of information you use in your academic work because:

  • it makes your work more credible
  • it tells your reader where you got your information
  • it allows your reader to learn more, beginning with your sources
  • it gives credit to the people whose words or ideas you are using
  • it protects you from plagiarizing

For more information, try Purdue Online Writing Lab's resources for avoiding plagiarism.