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Citing Your Sources

This guide is intended to help you cite sources, avoid plagiarism, learn about citation styles and available citation tools, and more.

Quoting & Paraphrasing


Regardless of the citation style you use, if you use the exact words of a source in the exact order in which they are presented, you must put them in quotation marks " " followed by an in-text citation, which references the full citation located in the list of all sources used at the end of the paper.


Paraphrasing summarizes details of a text or rephrases in different words and structure, primarily the main concepts. No quotation marks are necessary, however, you MUST still cite it with an in-text citation.