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Border Studies (U.S. - Mexico)

This web page directs you to information resources on issues related to the U.S. Mexico border.

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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.

The Fletcher Library has prepared an

 

If you still have questions about the sources you find online, the APA has created a supplementary page that specifically answers

 

Here are some other tools available to you through the Fletcher Library to help with citations and bibliographies. 

  • RefWorks - A bibliographical manager that keeps your sources organized and creates formatted citations and bibliographies. Create an account to get started.
  • Ask-A-Librarian - service that links you to a librarian.  A great tool if you're working on your paper at 2am and have a question about citation formats.


 

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