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Citing Sources: Introduction

This guide is an overview of the citing sources module, created in the frame of the library information literacy program


Citing sources means to give credit to the work of others you used in your own research.

This guide provides information on how to cite sources and examples for formatting citations in common citation styles. At the end of the module, participants are expected to:

  • Understand how to be a responsible author/scholar

  • Be aware of the different and available citation styles and formats

  • Be introduced to the various citation management tools.

What to Cite?

  • Facts, figures, ideas, or other information that is not common knowledge
  • Ideas, words, theories, or exact language that another person used in other publications
  • Publications that must be cited include:  books, book chapters, articles, web pages, theses, etc.
  • Another person's exact words should be quoted and cited to show proper credit 

Why Citing is Important?

  • To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
  • To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
  • To allow your reader to find the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list.


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