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Why Cite?

Citing sources - giving credit to those from whom you've borrowed ideas, words or materials - includes knowing when to cite, understanding style guides, and making use of available tools. For more information on how citing fits into the research process, see Research Process: Getting Started.

By properly citing your sources, you avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered a serious offense at Syracuse University. The Academic Integrity Office website includes SU's current policies and procedures for handling cases of plagiarism and other violations of academic integrity. The site also includes helpful tips for avoiding plagiarism.

Style Guides

Our Citation Guide provides quick access to examples and guidelines for some of the more frequently used citation styles, including APA, MLA, Chicago, or CSE style.

Citation Management Tools

Why use a citation tool?

  • Gather and store references while you research;
  • Format citations and papers instantly for class assignments, theses, and journal manuscripts;
  • Create a personal research library of references, images, and PDFs;
  • Share with colleagues around the world;
  • Keep students on track with research projects;
  • Simplify citing to avoid plagiarism issues.

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