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Citing Sources

Guidance on citing sources using MLA, APA, and more

Why Is It Important to Cite Your Sources?

  • Including citations helps other researchers, students, and teachers trace your research path to find more information.
  • Following style guidelines helps add credibility to your writing by providing you with a structured method for sharing your research with your audience.
  • Citing other people's work gives them credit for what they've created.

Do I Need to Copyright My Work?

Copyright in the U.S. is automatic. That means that you already hold the copyright to any work you've created. Examples: writing, images, music.

Copyright does not protect work that is not fixed in a tangible form. Examples: ideas, processes, titles, names.