It is the way readers know that certain parts in the work or research come from another source. It also gives the readers the necessary information so as to find that source again, and that includes:
Is an essential part of academic writing. Its purpose is to acknowledge the original source of ideas and work that is not the author’s own, and to refer the readers to the original documents so as to determine independently whether the attributed sources support the author’s argument as written.
Whenever you use quotes
Whenever you paraphrase
Whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed
Whenever you make specific reference to the work of another
Whenever someone else’s work has been critical in developing your own ideas
Here is a list of online reference managers that you can use to gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.
EndNote Web (Basic) (online registration is necessary)
RefWorks (online registration is necessary)
Citavi (free download)
Citation Machine is a free site that automatically produces MLA, APA, Turabian or Chicago style citations for a variety of sources (but not bibliographies). Users can copy and paste citations into Word. It was developed by David Warlick, an educator.
KnightCite is a free site that automatically produces MLA, APA, or Chicago style citations for 25 types of sources with availability to register & save citations. From the Hekman Library at Calvin College.
The APA Wizard and The MLA Wizard
This free site automatically produces MLA or APA style citations for 6 basic types of sources. There is excellent help on each screen to assist users through the process of citing a source.
This generator will develop citations for tweets for documentation. Simply paste the tweet URL and it will be converted into an APA or MLA citation.
EbscoHost databases provide its users with ability to get the full citation according to all citation styles for the item being viewed:
2. Choose the required citation format & then copy & paste it to Microsoft Word or export it using any reference manager
It is a reference made in the research or paper to a source of information. This can be in the form of a direct quotation, summary or paraphrase.
It is an organised listing of the works cited in the text, placed at the end of the document. It follows a specific citation style such as the MLA, APA...etc.
A full listing of all material consulted in relation to the research, including any source material that is not directly cited in the text. This list is placed at the end of the document, research or paper.
To respect the copyrights of the writer whose ideas are quoted, summarised or paraphrased.
To create a more persuasive and academic research
To allow other users to trace the sources of information used and discussed
To validate the arguments
To prevent plagiarism
There are different forms of citation styles. Many disciplines tend to use one specific style; for example, APA style is used in psychology.
Disciplines in science & technology use a variety of style manuals.
Your instructor should inform you with the preferred citation style before you start your research.
If you are not required to use a specific style, use the one you are comfortable with and fits your research needs; as long as only one style is used throughout the reseach. Just follow the guidelines and be consistent.
The following web sites offer information to students who have a research papers to write, but are not sure where to start:
Plagiarism is the act of using others' words / ideas without clearly acknowledging their source. In doing so, the researcher claimes these ideas as the researcher's own; this may lead to course failure as a result of academic miscoduct.
In order to avoid that:
Turnitin is an effective tool used for displaying and comparing texts that are similar to the submitted research across the internet and other sources. That will help students to develop their writing by using their own words rather than quoting or copying & pasting
Please refer to our Turnitin helping page