CITING Information Sources

This module discusses when it is appropriate to cite sources, what it really means to paraphrase, which basic citation (or documentation) styles are acceptable, and where to get help with creating bibliographies.

Please note that while we often use the word "citation" and "reference" interchangably, there is a difference.

A "citation" tells the reader where your information came from. In the body of your text, you "cite" or "refer" to your source of information.

A "reference" provides the details about the source and is usually at the end of your text.

IDevice Icon Learning Outcomes
After completing this module, you will be able to:
  • describe why it is necessary to cite information sources accurately and completely
  • demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • describe what kinds of information sources require citing (both quoted and paraphrased text, images, ideas, etc)
  • identify the basic components of a standard reference
  • identify at least 3 commonly used citation styles and which disciplines use them
  • demonstrate where to go to get help with creating a reference
  • demonstrate how to use EndNote to download a reference from a database

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