A citation is basic bibliographic information about a source organized in a specific format. Citations contain the title, author, publishing information, and access information in the case of electronic sources.
The way that a citation is organized is determined by a citation style. Citation styles are usually defined by professional organizations and are specific to academic disciplines. Your professor may require you to use a particular style. Commonly used citation styles are APA (American Psychological Association), MLA (Modern Language Association), and CMS (Chicago.Manual of Style).
Citations are a way to acknowledge your source and provide information about the resources used in your research. But why?
Common knowledge, such as generally known dates, facts, myths, historical events, common sense, or common expressions do NOT need to be cited.
When in doubt, cite your source!
Plagiarism is the act of using someone els'e words, ideas, or other original materials without acknowledging its source.
Plagiarism occurs when:
For more help understanding plagiarism view Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It provided by Indiana University Bloomington.
Citations can be automatically generated for resources located through a Summon search or from within many of the Library's databases.
NOTE: MLA citations from Summon always appear as print format. If the article has been accessed online alter the citation by removing the word "print", adding the name of the database, the word "Web" followed by the date of access.
EXAMPLE MLA CITATION
George Michael. "Extraterrestrial Aliens." Skeptic 16.3 (2011): 46. Academic Search Elite. Web. 22 Aug. 2013.
In Ebsco databases
Similar citation generators can be found in most of our other electronic databases. See one of the Librarians if you need help.
Remember to double check these computer generated citations for accuracy.