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SYG 2000 - Intro to Sociology, Prof. Brown: Documenting Sources

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Why We Cite?

Why do we "Document" or "Cite" sources?

Whenever you base your ideas on another person's work or quote someone, you must document the source you utilized. Even when you do not quote directly from someone elses' work, if reading that source contributed to the ideas presented in your paper, you must give the proper credit to the author.

A properly formatted works cited or references page:

  • Shows readers the sources you consulted 
  • Gives credit to the authors for their ideas 
  • Demonstrates that you have researched a variety of sources 

By following these guidelines included in the resource below, you avoid plagiarism.

Plagiarism is the act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of the author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author.

Follow the link below, to learn more about MLA & APA citation guide lines and other tools to help you document.

Documenting Resources (Citations)

MLA Style 9th Edition Citing Guides

The following guide, was developed by, and will guide you through citing resources in MLA 9 style. Visit to try their automatic citation generator.

APA 7th edition Citing Guides

The following guides, developed by, will guide you through citing resources in APA 7 style. Visit to try their automatic citation generator.

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