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 theft; you are stealing their intellectual property, in other words, plagiarizing. This is one of the worst crimes that you can commit in an academic community and it violates the University Honor Code, which, upon entering SMU, you have already signed a pledge to uphold.
Most of our databases will generate a citation for you. Ask a Librarian to learn if the database you are using does this.
Online Citation Generators
Create citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian format then copy and paste them into your bibliography.
The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue: Research and Citation Resources provides extensive help for constructing citations correctly.
CitationFox gives examples of various citations in either APA or MLA style.
An online version of the Chicago Manual of Style is available.