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How Do I Cite This Source?

by Sara Hull on 2023-12-04T15:49:00-05:00 | 0 Comments

How you cite specific sources depends entirely on the citation style your instructor expects you to use.


Once you know the answer to that, visit the library's Cite Your Sources page to view the style guides for various citation styles, including APA and MLA. This page also provides recommendations on citation management tools which we recommend for those who have multiple longer papers to write as well as a guide to writing annotated bibliographies.


Screenshot of Cite Your Source page with style guides linked at the top and tutorials linked below.















Within each style guide, use the menu on the left to select the correct type of scenario (in-text versus end-of-text citations, multiple authors, no author, etc) and source type (print book, article from a library subscription database, government website, etc).


One popular question has to do with citing a source that quotes a different source, called an indirect source. You'll find details on that in the in-text citation section of each style guide, and more on that in our FAQ on indirect sources.



Screenshot of Purdue OWL's APA style guide left-hand menu, with accompanying text on the right.



If you are dealing with a scenario or source type that isn't listed in the style guides, feel free to Ask a Librarian to point you in the right direction.


If you find you need more in-depth help with citing, the university's Academic Support team offers tutoring in many areas including writing and citing.



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