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.
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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: