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Citation Tools

Why should I cite my sources?

Citations help increase your credibility and reinforce your arguments. Furthermore, there are serious repercussions for failing to follow citing conventions. Citing ideas and information from your sources is necessary to give the creator proper credit and to allow other researchers to find the research you used.

This video from the NCSU Libraries can help you get a more detailed idea about how and why to cite your sources.


Where can I get help with citing?

Citation Style

There are a wide variety of citation styles used by different disciplines and publications. We recommend visiting the OWL at Purdue's website to access guides for the most commonly used styles.

Quick Citation

Still unsure how to cite your sources? There are a number of resources available to help make creating citations quick and easy. Look for a "cite" button on your source's database webpage, or use a citation generator like EasyBib.

Citation Management

Need help managing your citations for a larger research project? Citation management tools allow you to store, organize, and export citations according to whatever style you need. For more information on using citation managers, please see the Citation Tools LibGuide.


Where can I get help with research?

Librarians offer general and subject-specific research assistance in person as well as by phone, email, and chat. All you have to do is ask us!

For more information on how a librarian can help you with your research, or to schedule an appointment with a subject librarian, please visit our Meet Your Subject Specialist webpage.


Where can I get help with writing?

Struggling to successfully incorporate sources into your research? These are some resources on campus that can help.

Undergraduate Writing Center

The Writing Center offers free one-on-one consultation for all stages of the composition process, as well as provides workshops and handouts. You can schedule an appointment online, by phone, or by visiting the Writing Center in person during business hours.

Graduate School Writing Center

The Graduate School Writing Center offers consultations, workshops, and other resources to assist graduate students with research and writing. Consultations are by appointment only, and can be requested online.