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Business Basics

A guide to business library resources available to students at ASU's WP Carey School of Business.

Helpful Tools

Citation Machine - Interactive web tool for creating standard bibliographic and in-text citations in APA, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian style formats

EasyBib - Web application that puts bibliographic information for 50 types of resources into APA or MLA formatted reference lists - Online tool to create APA and MLA style citations for tweets by simply entering the URL

Citation Management Tools - Use this Library Guide for the most up to date information on the citation management tools supported by the ASU Library.

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Citing Your Sources

Why is Proper Citation Important?

Citing your sources is an important part of the writing process.  Documenting your sources gives credit to authors whose thoughts and ideas you have incorporated into your work.  Proper citation helps you as a writer by strengthening your position and showing the depth of your research.  Citing also helps your readers verify what you've written and follow up with sources they find interesting.

Most importantly, proper citation will help you avoid plagiarism.

How can I effectively cite the sources I use?

Proper citation will link text and facts used in your papers and presentations to the relevant sources quoted or consulted. APA is the most common citation format for the social sciences.

Here are some other tools available to you to help with citations and bibliographies. 


APA Citation Style Guides

Style guides show how to format citations for bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations in a consistent format that makes it easy for the reader to locate the source. This course uses the APA citation style.  You can find help on how to format citations according to the APA style in the following sources:

Complete Guide:

  1. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition 
    Print Book: BF76.7 .P83 2010 in multiple campus libraries

Short Guides Online:

  1. American Psychological Association: APA Style
    Website of tutorials, FAQ's, and a blog provided by the association responsible for the complete guide.
  2. APA Documentation Style (University of Wisconsin - Madison Writing Center)
  3. APA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
    Recommended by the ASU Writing Center.
  4. APA Style Reference Formats (Northern Michigan University)
    Extensive online collection of APA citation formats for all types of print, electronic, and graphic sources.
  5. ASU Library Citation Style Guide - APA
  6. Checkcite (James Madison University Library)
    Online examples of citations in APA, MLA, or Turabian style format for books, articles, websites, etc.

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