This guide covers how to identify relevant and reliable sources for research, how to navigate online and in-person resources at the University of Maryland, and how to cite sources within a research product.
Citations help increase your credibility and reinforce your arguments. A citation is a way for you to give credit where credit is due. You read some things and either agree with, or disagree with, the author. You should state who the author is, and what they wrote. That is citing your source. 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?
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.
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. Watch this video for a demonstration:
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.