Skip to Main Content

Citing Sources & Style Manuals

Why cite your sources?

Citing your sources is important for a variety of reasons, including:

  • It gives credit to the authors of the sources you used
  • It provides your reader with more information about your sources
  • It shows your credibility
  • It prevents plagiarism!

The easiest way to prevent plagiarism is by correctly noting your sources during research and citing your sources in your writing and presentations.

When to cite your sources

  • When you use an exact quote
  • When you restate or paraphrase an idea from a resource
  • When you summarize a work
  • All sources you use should be included in the References or Works Cited page