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Citing Sources

This guide will help you navigate different citation styles.

Why Do We Cite?

In short, there are two main reasons for why we cite the sources we use when we write:

  • Our readers may want to know where the information that we are citing comes from. If you locate a particularly interesting article, your reader may be tempted to go find it.
  • When we use someone's work in our writing, we are entering into an ongoing conversation. By acknowledging who you are quoting indicates to your reader how you are contributing to a particular scholarly conversation

Useful Resources

You can either do citations manually or with the help of an application/software. The following is a list of resources that can be useful when you need to cite your sources:

  • The Purdue OWL: The Purdue OWL offers global support through online reference materials and services. You can find information about the most popular citing styles.

  • PLU Writing Center: The PLU Writing Center offers one-on-one citation and writing assistance to the PLU community. You can find them in the second floor of the library

  • Zotero: A tool that lets you organize your research. Zotero can connect to Word and Google Docs for a faster workflow. Applications like this one are very useful when working on larger research projects.

  • ZoteroBib: This tool helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software. If you need to reuse sources across multiple projects or build a shared research library, we recommend using Zotero instead.

  • Mendeley: Another tool that lets you organize your research. Mendeley is also a community of researchers that lets you connect to people that may have similar interests to you.