Research involves the use of others' ideas, and the primary ways to incorporate sources into your work are through the following:
Whether you are using direct quotations or paraphrasing, you need to credit your source in order to avoid plagiarism. This takes the form of both in-text citations and works cited at the end of your paper. The section "Avoiding Plagiarism: How to Cite Your Sources" on the left-hand side of this page, will take you to a full citation guide that discusses different citation styles, as well as tools you can use to help you cite more efficiently.
If you have any questions at all about citing your sources, please stop by our offices (202A-202C on the main floor of the library), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out a research consultation request form to set up a meeting here.
There are two main instances when you do not need to cite sources in your work: