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Citing Resources

Monroe, R. (2007, July 4). Wikipedian Protestor [Cartoon]. Retrieved December 13, 2017, from


Citations credit your sources when you use someone else's words, ideas or images in your own work. Citations contain standard elements and should have enough information for the person reading your paper to track down your sources.


Citations Often Include:

  • Author(s) Name

  • Book, Article and Journal Titles

  • Publication Date

  • Volume and Issue Numbers

  • Page Numbers


Why To Cite

  • Avoid Plagiarism

  • Give credit to and acknowledge the work of other researchers

  • Show your readers you've done adequate research on your topic

  • Provide a way for your readers to find your sources so they can read further on the topic


What To Cite

  • Anything that is not considered common knowledge

  • Ideas, theories or direct quotes from another person's work

What Citation Style Should I Use?

This table provides a general guide on citation styles commonly used for each discipline. Check with your instructor to find out the style required for your particular assignment.


Citation Styles By Common Disciplines

Psychology, Business, Criminology, Economics, Education, Sociology, Social Sciences


Literature, Humanities


Humanities, Social Sciences


Political Science


Legal Studies


Medical Sciences