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Citation & Plagiarism FAQ

Why do we cite sources? 

  • Your professors want to make sure you're using reputable, credible sources.
  • If people want to examine the data you use, they need to know where to find it.
  • If people want to trace the origins of your argument, they need to know where your ideas come from.
  • Authors whose work you use appreciate being given credit.
  • If you don't cite your sources, you could be accused of plagiarism.

(Source: Pace Citing Sources Guide)

What are the different citation styles? 

  • APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences including business, education, nursing, and psychology, among other disciplines.
  • MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities, including literature, arts, history and other disciplines.
  • ASA (American Sociological Association) style is used in many sociology courses.

(Source: Pace ENG 201 Guide: Citing Your Sources)

Check with your assignment or professor to confirm the citation style you should be using. 

Citing in Databases

When searching in the Pace Library databases, use the Cite button to access a complete citation for the source you are viewing. The button may appear in different places depending on the database - look for the toolbar

Screenshot of a scholarly article with arrows pointing to Citing button and then an APA citation

Citing Resources

Need to cite a book in APA? Or a journal article in MLA? These citation resources provide examples & explanations for creating citations on a variety of source types across formats. 

As Pace researchers, citation management software like EndNote is also available for download. With EndNote, you can keep all your references and reference-related materials in a searchable personal library and use your references in word-processing documents to create formatted citations and bibliographies or independent reference lists.