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LIBS 302 Intro to Liberal Studies

This guide will help you define your research topic and identify resources

Which style should I use?

Which style should I use?

When writing a research paper, the discipline (English, history, psychology,  biology, etc.)  determines the citation style you will use. You should also be sure to check with your instructor to find out which style your instructor prefers.

Here's a chart from Purdue OWL comparing ALA, MLA and Chicago citation styles.

Why do I need to cite?

Why do I need to cite sources?

There are three main reasons to cite your sources when doing research.

  • To lend credibility to your research.
  • To give credit to other scholars for their work.
  • To avoid plagiarism.

Should I cite it?

Cite it! No citation needed.
-  others exact words -  common knowledge
-  others ideas & opinions -  your own words, ideas & opinions
-  images, photos, artwork & video -  easily observable phenomena
-  computer code, experiments, & data -  generally accepted facts
-  and more . . .  


Remember, when in doubt, cite it!