This short Library video from the University of Guelph will help you understand why you have to cite your sources and when to do it.
So why do you need to cite your sources? When you cite your sources, you are giving credit to those who have created the idea or information!
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The most common way to cite sources is to use a "Works Cited" or "References" list at the end of your research paper.
"Works Cited" is the title of your list of citations when using the MLA (Modern Language Association) format; the title "References" is used when citing sources using APA (American Psychological Association) style. The list includes a citation for each of the sources you used to write your paper. The citations are formatted in a consistent style according to whichever citation format is used.
A "Bibliography" is not the same as a "Works Cited" or "References" list. In your "Works Cited" or "References" you only list items you have actually cited in your paper. In a "Bibliography" you list all of the material you may have consulted in preparing your essay, whether or not you have actually cited the work. A "Bibliography" may include any sources related to the topic of the research paper.
The list of all citations is commonly organized in a single alphabetical list. Each different type of source--book, magazine article, journal article, newspaper article, article from a reference book, World Wide Web page--has a precise format that is specified by the given format (MLA, APA or other).
A Reference librarian can help you:
Determine which database is most likely to lead you to articles or materials on your topic
Help you determine if an article or journal is scholarly
Develop an effective search strategy for your research paper
Choose search terms for database and library catalog searching
Find citations from books and articles to locate additional materials