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Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism: Citing Sources

* Citations made easier * Plagiarizing is stealing. Stealing is bad. Don't do it!

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

A research paper is a kind of conversation. You are engaging others in a dialogue that's taking place in their absence. So, to recognize others' contributions to the discussion and to allow anyone reading your paper to join in this exchange of ideas, you need to acknowledge where you found their thoughts.

Moreover, when you take ideas and pass them off as your own, it's plagiarizing. This is one of the worst crimes that one can commit in an academic community. So, make sure that you clearly indicate what your original thoughts are, as well as who may have inspired you to think them.

Rebecca Graff
Research Librarian
Central Libraries, SMU

Citation Help

Most of our databases will generate a citation for you.  Ask a Librarian to learn if the database you are using does this.

Citation Manager

Proquest Flow: Upload citations as you are researching so you can automatically generate a bibliography later.

Online Citation Generator

KnightCiteCreate citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian format then copy and paste them into your bibliography.

Citation Examples

The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue: Research and Citation Resources provides extensive help for constructing citations correctly.

Citation Manuals

Print manuals for common styles, such as APA, Chicago, or MLA, are available in most SMU Libraries. Use the library catalog or Ask a Librarian to help you find the one you need.

An online version of the Chicago Manual of Style is available.