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DIY Research Guide: 6. Cite Your Sources

Find answers to frequently asked questions.

Why Cite?

Citing Sources -

  • Allows you to acknowledge your source and the author of the original concept.
  • Ensures that you are not plagiarizing or claiming someone else's original idea as your own idea.
  • Shows the careful work you have put into finding good sources.
  • Helps the reader understand the context of your research and locate other sources of interest.

Primary Citation Style Guides

The best way to ensure you are properly citing sources is to refer to the appropriate style guide.  Copies of these guides are available in the library's Reference Collection (2nd floor).

Copies at Camden-Carroll Library

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (all copies)
Reference Copy Call Number:  808.066 A512p 2010


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (all copies)
Reference Copy Call Number:  808.02 G437m 2009


The Chicago Manual of Style (all copies)
Reference Copy Call Number:  808.027 U58c 2003  



Need to locate other style guides? Use the library's classic catalog and search these subject headings:

  • Authorship--Style manuals
  • Authorship--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Scholarly publishing--Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Jump to In-Depth Guides

The MSU Library has created specialized guides about citations to assist you in your scholarly communication.  Visit the links below to find more information about Citing Sources in general and APA 6th Edition in particular.

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How to Cite a Source

You can use the 'cite', 'save', or 'export' function in most of the library's databases to format selected records in the most common citation formats.

Or, the following sites allow you to enter information to generate MLA, APA, or Chicago style citations.

Reading Citations

These quick guides will help you understand what is contained in a citation.