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REL 490/495: Senior Seminar: Cite Your Sources

Citing Sources

Additional Citation Guides

Citation Helpers

Citation Generators can be great time-savers, but their accuracy is only as good as the information you enter and they will still make mistakes. For best results, identify the type of source you are citing, accept that most generators only cite commonly used sources, and double-check every generated citation.

  • Zotero can help you manage your citations. View these guides from the Armacost Library (video-based), GTU, and information on  which is particularly useful to researchers managing 100s of sources.

  • KnightCite helps auto-generate citations. Be sure to double-check these.

What Citations Reveal & How They Impact Us

"When you cite a source, you show how your voice enters into an intellectual conversation and you demonstrate your link to the community within which you work. Working with sources can inspire your own ideas and enrich them, and your citation of these sources is the visible trace of that debt." (Yale College Writing Center)

When you cite a source you also reveal whose voices and thoughts are included in these intellectual conversations. Thus, who you read and what you cite can help strengthen diversity and equity in scholarship.