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Citation Guides & Style Manuals   Tags: ama, apa, chicago_style, cse, mla, nlm, writing  

Citing or documenting the sources used in your research serves two purposes: it gives proper credit to the authors of the materials used, and it allows those who are reading your work to duplicate your research and locate the sources that you have listed.
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Citation Guides & Style Manuals

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The St. Martin’s Handbook
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R 428.2 L963s 2010

Why must you cite your sources?

"In research writing, sources are cited for two reasons: to alert readers to the sources of your information and to give credit to the writers from whom you have borrowed words and ideas." --Diana Hacker, A Writer's Reference

Under our Academic Honesty Policy, Benedictine University students are responsible for acknowledging the research and ideas of others, knowing what plagiarism is, and creating accurate bibliographies or "works cited" lists. Whenever you use the quotes or thoughts of others in your own papers, you must indicate where you found them. Each citation should include enough information so that the reader can easily track down the material.  This guide will provide you with instructions and examples of how to cite your sources. 

Check you syllabus or ask your instructor which citation style you are required to use for your papers. Different disciplines use different styles. For example, APA  is typically used in the social sciences, MLA in English and literature, and CSE in the sciences.

Please note:

The materials in this Library Guide may not contain the detailed information found in printed versions of the style guides. Copies of the current editions of The Chicago Manual of Style, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, and Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association are available in the Reference Collection.

Some helpful sites:

Son of Citation Machine


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Son of Citation Machine is a free online citation wizard that will guide you to the proper citation format an interactive tool to help create reference citations for research papers.


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