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Citing Your Sources & Writing Styles

Make sure you are citing your sources correctly and using the appropriate style for your writing. Avoid Plagiarism.


This guide is designed to help you find information on how to cite your sources correctly and to avoid plagiarism.

Plagiarism is taking someone else's ideas, words, images, or other types of work and presenting it as your own. Plagiarism can be avoided by adhereing to some basic guidelines:

The primary reasons for citing the sources used in your research papers, projects and presentations is to give credit to the authors of the works that you used to support your work, and to provide readers with the information they need to locate these sources themselves.. Accurately citing your sources leaves a research trail that allows others to locate the materials that you used.

Undergraduate Student Academic Integrity Policy

Most Commonly Used Styles: MLA, APA, Chicago


MLA handbook for writers of research papers New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2009. 7th edition.




APA Manual: Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, c2010. 6th edition.




Chicago manual of style online [Chicago] : University of Chicago Press, 2006- . 16th edition now available.



 Many styles for books

      CiteMe (box on WU Libraries Facebook) Get formatted citations from the world's largest library catalog, WorldCat. Format book citations in MLA, Chicago, Turabian, APA or Harvard styles.


Citing Wikipedia

Caution: Students may use Wikipedia for ideas and referrals to scholarly sources but probably will seldom actually cite Wikipedia.  Since entries change, be sure to include "date accessed" information.