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Welcome to the Pilgrim Library Citation Guide!

This guide will provide you with information on why citations are important and tips for popular citation styles such as: APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian as well as links to information about avoiding plagiarism and getting writing assistance at Defiance College. 

Why do we cite?

We MUST cite any resources that are not our own original work or creation in order to:

  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Give credit to the original author's work, ideas, information, etc.
  • Show we have done research.
  • Provide evidence of support for our arguments.

Click on the following link for more information on plagiarism.

Video: Why Citations Matter

Citations: The Basics

When you create citations you'll often be asked to cite in two ways:

  1. An in-text citation
  2. A Works Cited (MLA), a References (APA), or Bibliography (Chicago/Turabian) page.

Check with your instructor to make sure you are using the correct citation format for your assignment.

Click on the tabs above for more information on & examples of citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian).

Some basic tips:

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