Communications: Cite Your Sources

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Citation Management

  • Import references directly from the library's databases
  • Store and organize saved references
  • Automatically insert citations into a word document (cite while you write)
  • Format your citations and bibliographies using a variety of bibliographic styles


 

APA Style CENTRAL is an interactive database that provides:

  • online tutorials/videos explaining how to avoid plagiarism and properly cite sources using APA Style
  • sample citations and paper templates
  • individual and group writing tools to automatically insert citations in-text and in the reference list

Library Citation Guides

Cite Your Sources

When you quote or paraphrase the idea of another person in your research paper or speech, you must provide a proper citation for the source in a bibliography or list of references. This gives credit to the author and enables the reader to locate the resource you cited. 

Providing references for sources you used also lends credibility to your work, especially if you use authoritative sources. 

If you use other people's ideas and do not give them credit by providing proper references to their work, you are committing plagiarism. Plagiarism is an honor code violation at NSU as well as a federal crime. 

Citation Styles

When citing sources, be sure to use a conventional bibliographic style. Most disciplines have a standard style that writers are expected to use. Each style will specify a uniform way of citing sources. 

Please consult the corresponding library guide on the following citation sytles for specific examples: