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Citing Library Sources

What is a citation?

A citation is essentially a direct quote, a paraphrase, or a summary of someone else’s information in a work written by someone else. When you write a paper and reference someone else’s work, you must cite them as a source.

Why should I cite?

Citing your sources is important for a number of reasons, with some of those at the forefront being:

  • giving credit to the author(s) who influenced your work,
  • enhancing your research by using credible sources,
  • helping your readers locate the source material, and
  • helping you avoid plagiarism.

When do I cite?

In-text citations are required every time you quote, paraphrase, or summarize information or an idea from an author’s work in your paper.

  • Direct quoting is when you use more than one of the referenced author’s words.
  • Paraphrasing or summarizing is when you use your own words to describe the referenced author’s ideas.

How do I cite?

Chamberlain University uses the 7th edition of the APA (American Psychological Association) format. This format is commonly used in the behavioral and social sciences. In this format, there are two parts of a citation: an in-text citation and a reference citation.

Note! The librarians are not writing experts and cannot help with APA or citation questions. Please contact your professor for assistance in these matters.

Citation manuals

We strongly encourage students to use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.) as the primary source for APA citations. You may purchase a copy of this book at the Chamberlain Bookstore or at any major bookseller. 

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