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Citations & Avoiding Plagiarism

How to cite sources using MLA, APA or Chicago. Also has resources for understanding and avoiding plagiarism.

Citation Generators Workshop: Fall 2020

Why are citations so specific?

Consistency makes it easier for readers to understand where you found your research.

Think of it like addressing an envelope.  Everyone follows the same format when addressing an envelope because it makes it easier for people to deliver it properly.


Identifies the exact source in the specific format you (the researcher) saw it.

Sources can change slightly (or dramatically) anytime it is republished. Readers want to know exactly which version the writer used. 

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