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ENG 120: Visual Rhetorical Analysis and Ethnography Research

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 Websites

Graph of how to cite a website in APA and MLA style

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

APA and MLA Citation Styles