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    What is a Citation?

    What is a citation?

    A "citation" is the way you tell your readers that certain material in your work came from another source. It also gives your readers the information necessary to find that source again. This information includes:

    1. Information about the author(s) or editor(s)
    2. The title of the work
    3. The name and location of the company that published your copy of the source
    4. The date your copy was published
    5. The page numbers of the material you are referencing

    Why should I cite sources?


    Giving credit to the original author by citing sources is the only way to use other people's work without plagiarizing. But there are a number of other reasons to cite sources:

    1. Citations are extremely helpful to anyone who wants to find out more about your ideas and where they came from.
    2. Not all sources are good or right for your project -- your own ideas may often be more accurate or interesting than those of your sources. Proper citation will keep you from taking the rap for someone else's bad ideas.
    3. Citing sources shows the amount of research you've done.
    4. Citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

    Doesn't citing sources make my work seem less original?


    Not at all. On the contrary, citing sources actually helps your reader distinguish your ideas from those of your sources. This will emphasize the originality of your own work.

    When do I need to cite?


    Whenever you borrow words or ideas from another source, you need to acknowledge that source. The following situations almost always require a citation:

    1. Whenever you use quotes
    2. Whenever you paraphrase
    3. Whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed
    4. Whenever you make specific reference to the work of another
    5. Whenever someone else's work has been critical in developing your own ideas


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    Powerpoint Citation examples

    Although the current APA and MLA handbooks do not specifiy how to cite sources in PowerPoint (or other visual presentations), the Limestone College Library suggests that you follow the same guidelines used for research papers.  A PowerPoint example is provided below for reference courtesy of Peirce College Library. 


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    Check the manuals for your style guide for the most up-to-date information. If your style guide doesn't cover it in print, then look to their online website to see if they've included some information there on proper citation for these social media formats. Also try our citing guidefor more information or email your librarian.


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