Welcome to the FDU Libraries' Citation Support Guide! This page contains information on what citations are, different citation styles, links to helpful books and resources, and more! Please use the tabs at the top of the page to navigate this guide.
The Libraries offer workshops on citations throughout the semester. Please view our events calendar for more information.
Note: While citation machines and managers are helpful tools, it is always best to check your citations using the official style manual to ensure a citation has been formatted correctly.
Note: Students have many questions about citing sources, and FDU librarians are happy to provide guidance. We can assist by helping you to determine the type of source to be cited, providing a guide to the citation style, and indicating the most relevant section/example. Because citations are often graded, we cannot create or format the citation for you, nor can we correct a list of citations. Please contact the Academic Support Center or the Metro Writing Studio for help creating and formatting citations.
Citations provide credit to the author, editor, and/or publisher who created a source. It is vital to properly cite your sources to avoid plagiarism, which means intentionally or inadvertently taking credit for someone else's work. Citing sources also allows readers to consult your resources and retrieve the same information.
Please watch the following video from NC State University Libraries on Citations:
Citations are very important to use to provide credit when words and ideas are used from an outside source, such as a scholarly article, newspaper, textbook, social media post, books, and more. Always use a citation when summarizing, quoting, and paraphrasing someone else's ideas:
When in doubt, it is best to use a citation rather than risk plagiarizing someone else's ideas.
When talking about citations, you may see that different professors require different styles or formats to be used. The main styles you will see in college are MLA style, APA style, and Chicago style. Each of these styles has a different set of requirements, not only for citations, but also how your entire paper looks.
Benefits to using a standard format or style:
Before selecting a citation style for your paper, check with your professor or review your assignment to see what is required.
To get started with creating citations, a bibliography, or works cited page: