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Adelphi University Libraries: Citation


Citing the sources you have used when presenting your work is very important. Among the reasons we cite our work is to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism, willfully misrepresenting yourself by suggesting that certain words or ideas are your own when they are not, is a serious problem. Avoiding plagiarism can be accomplished by citing your sources properly. The resources below will help you gain an understanding of why and when we cite sources. Links are also provided to citation style guides as well as additional resources. Your professor will tell you which style they expect the citations to be in. 

Why You Need to Cite Sources

Making Sense of a Citation

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When to Cite

image citation flowchart

Why We Cite

  • To avoid plagiarism by giving credit to original authors
  • Help readers refer back to where the ideas came from
  • To show how much research you did
  • To show you used reputable sources

Quoting vs. Paraphrasing

Citation Builder Tools

Citation Builder Tools

Use a citation builder tool to quickly and easily build your References page.  Record your sources as your find them.

  • Sign up, all are free
  • Create a folder for this project
  • Be careful if importing a citation--format capitalization is exact