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Citing & Evaluating Sources

This guide will assist students in citing and evaluating sources in a selection of different citation styles.

Parts of a Citation

Depending on the style, a citation will include title, author, date, page numbers, publisher, place of publication, etc.

Used with permission from UAB Lister Hill Library - Go to their LibGuide for more information.

Why Do We Cite?

Citations reflect the careful and thorough work you have put into locating and exploring your sources.
Citations help readers understand the context of your argument and are a courtesy to the reader, who may share your interest in a particular area of study.
Citations allow you to acknowledge those authors who contributed to your learning and your work.
Citations, by illustrating your own learning process, also draw attention to the originality and legitimacy of your own ideas.
By citing sources you demonstrate your integrity and skill as a responsible student and participant in your field of study.


"When and Why to Cite Sources." University at Albany. N.p., 2010. Web. 26 Oct. 2012. <>.

Citation Styles