Cite Your Sources: Citation Basics

Find all the resources you need for citing sources


 Cite the sources in your paper accurately!

Find the citation style guide you need on this guide.

Consult your professor to make sure you are using the citation style correctly.

Click on the icons to access specific citation styles.


Why Cite Sources?

  • Citations demonstrate the authenticity and originality of your work.
  • Citations illustrate your research process.
  • Citations allow your reader to identify and locate additional resources on your topic.
  • Citations acknowledge the authors and researchers you relied on to develop your paper's argument.

For more information, check "Cite Right" below, on reserve at the IRC Desk.

Steps to Citing a Source

Step 1: Determine the source type.

   Is it a book, journal article, newspaper or encyclopedia entry?

Step 2:  Decide if the source is print or digital.

   Is the source from an online database, web site or a Library’s print collection?

Step 3: Find an example citation for the source type in a citation guide.

Step 4: Use the example as a template to create your citation.

Styles used at ENC:

Business English/Writing History/Pre-Law
Education Literature Religion

Psychology, Social Work