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The primary reasons for citing sources in a research paper are to give credit to the authors whose work you have drawn upon and to allow readers to track down your sources, should they wish to do so.
There are many style guides for formatting citations and creating bibliographies. Turabian (a simplified version of Chicago) is frequently used, but you may be called upon to use others.
See the box at the right for tools to help you format citations and bibliographies.
For other assistance, please visit the UAFS Writing Center. The Writing Center is a part of the Academic Success Center and is located in the Vines Building, Room 202. Check hours of availability.
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Cite Sources from the Boreham Library
Browse through our menu of popular citation styles to find examples of how to cite common sources such as books, articles, interviews, YouTube videos, and more.
Purdue's OWL (Online Writing Lab) provides guides to MLA, APA, and Chicago styles, as well as advice on research, writing and citation.
[zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work - in the web browser itself.
Other Citation Managers
Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. You can automatically generate bibliographies, collaborate with other researchers online, import papers from other research software, find relevant papers based on what you’re reading, and access your papers from anywhere online.
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