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Whenever you use someone else's exact words (quotation) or put their main ideas into your own words (paraphrase), you need to cite the original source completely. Your professor will need to know where you found the information & a complete citation will let your reader easily find the cited source because it will include the author, title, publication date, page number, & more, depending on the type of resource you are citing.
Know what citation style your professor requires (will usually be MLA or APA)
Collect your citations as you go--it makes it a lot easier to compile your Works Cited or References page!
Keep track of the page numbers as you find interesting information--it's a lot easier than looking them all up again later!
Set some time aside for formatting your Works Cited/Reference page. Depending on how many sources you are citing, it takes a while to make sure everything is alphabetic according to the author's last name & that the information is listed accurately & in the proper order.
Below are some links to resources that provide examples of what correct citations should look like, as well as a few online citation generators that can help you as you find resources.
Our YouTubePlaylist has videos to help you set up your cover page and format your paper, plus learn how to use the OWL to craft your citations for either MLA or APA format. Be sure to pick the style required by your instructor!