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Why Cite...

Whenever you use someone else's intellectual or creative property, you need to provide a proper citation for your source in order to:

  1. Give credit to the author or creator
  2. Enable your reader to locate the sources you cite

What's the difference between copyright and plagiarism?

  • Copyright:
    You may know that in the commercial world, you must get permission from and possibly pay creators, artists, writers, patent holders, etc. to use their work or intellectual property.
  • Citation/Plagiarism:
    In education, you must cite writers, creators, artists, patent holders, etc. to use their work or intellectual property. They must be properly credited if you use them in your work. Why? Because you are using someone else's intellectual property.

What is a citation?

A citation is a reference to the source of an idea, information or image. A citation typically includes enough identifying information, such as the author, title, and publication format so a reader can easily access the original source.

What does citation accomplish?

  • Acknowledges the origin of your information,
  • Lends credibility to your work by showing evidence of your research
  •  Demonstrates the authenticity of your information and enables your readers to locate your information sources, should they want to.
  • This includes all types of information sources that you may use, including:
    • Books
    • Articles (from print or online sources)
    • Non-print media (videotapes, audiotapes, pictures and images, Software or any digital formats)
    • Interviews, e-mail or any other correspondence
    • Web pages
    • Government documents

ReferenceBerea College Hutchins Library. (2015, Oct. 27). Citing Your Sources. Retrieved from

Cite it Right

Use the citation style required by your professor - some professors require the use of a specific citation style. The following links provide reliable, online guidance for citing your work in the text and at the end of your document.

Generally, citation styles are used as follows:

Citing Resources

Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word 2013 and Microsoft Word 2010, you can automatically create a bibliography of the sources you used to write your document.

Citation & Plagiarism (Video)