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Seven Steps to Library Research: Cite Your Sources

Seven Steps to Library Research - A step-by-step guide to efficient research using your MSJC Library.

Cite your sources

Citing your sources is a crucial step in the research process. Representing the work, words, or ideas of others as your own, intentionally or unintentionally, is plagiarism and it can carry serious consequences. Be sure to review your instructor's syllabus and MSJC's Student Conduct page for information on the consequences of not citing your sources. When in doubt, cite your source!

For more information, check out this short video from the MSJC Library Online Orientation: What is Plagiarism?

Purdue OWLYour instructor will tell you which citation style is required or recommended for your assignments. The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) will help you learn how to use different citation styles, including MLA, APA, and Chicago. Purdue OWL provides sample citations and offers guidance on the proper use of in-text citations or footnotes, Works Cited or References page citations, as well as sample papers to help you format your documents correctly.


You can also visit various style guides' websites for further guidance.

If you prefer to use a printed manual, style guides are available at the MSJC Libraries: