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Environmental Studies and Science

Why do we cite?

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.
  • As you review your citations, you can examine whose voices may be missing from your argument. 

(Source: Pace Citing Sources Guide)

How do I know which citation style to use?

  • Many subjects and disciplines have a standard citation style that they use. For example, sciences frequently use APA while humanities such as English or Language will use MLA. 
  • To know which style to use, do a search for your subject area and citation style or locate a professional organization's website.  

You can always check your assignment or with your professor to confirm the citation style you should be using. 

Citing Resources

No matter which citation style you need to use, these 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.

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