Citing Your Sources

Cite Your Sources Using a Standard Format or Style

Give credit where credit is due; cite your sources.
Citing or documenting the sources used in your research serves two purposes, it gives proper credit to the authors of the materials used, and it allows those who are reading your work to learn more by reading the sources that you have listed as references. Knowingly representing the work of others as your own is plagiarism. (For details, see Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism).

Citation/Style Guides

Available online: Purdue OWL MLA style guide - Purdue OWL APA style guide

Links to other online style guides.

For style guides in print (book) format, see our comprehensive list.

Citation management programs

You can also use EndNote, Zotero, and Mendeley to format citations. EndNote is available for purchase at the Cornell Store and to faculty, students, and staff in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Zotero and Mendeley are free in the basic versions. For comparisons, see Penn Library's online chart comparing RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, and Papers.

To request help with citation management questions, use our online form.

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