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Business Program - Distance Students: Cite Sources


Citing is an important piece of the research and writing process. There are many "helpers" in place to ease your work in this area.

See Hints 1-4 for more details! These examples demonstrate using the APA Citation format, but your instructor may request you to use a different citation format. Always follow your instructor's request!

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Hint #1

Take advantage of the citation shortcuts in the databases and online catalog. Not sure what those are? Watch this short video clip demonstrating where to find the shorts in a number of our databases and the online catalog.  After starting the video, you can enlarge it by using the icon in the lower right hand corner.

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Hint #2

Some bad news...the citation shortcuts found in the databases aren't always accurate. Bummer, we know! But they are a great starting point and there are additional tools for you to use to double-check their accuracy. (BTW, the citations are usually pretty close, but often have too much capitalization in them!) See Hint #3 for links to citation guides.

Hint #3

To check on the formatting, take advantage of the OWL. Purdue's site is exceptional and easy to maneuver.

Hint #4

If you're starting a citation from scratch, use a tool such as Knight Cite to assist you.