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Citing Research Guide

What is a citation?

  • A citation is the basic information required to identify and locate a specific source (e.g. book, book chapter, article, website, video, etc)
  • Different academic disciplines have specific guidelines for organizing material and citing sources. These rules are published as style manuals.    

Why do we cite our sources? 

  • Accurate and complete citations help avoid plagiarism.
  • Citing your sources properly gives credit to the original author.
  • Citations allow others find the sources you used in your research. Your credibility is established by using academic sources.

Plagiarism Awareness

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is "presenting within one’s own work the ideas, representations, or words of another person or artificial intelligence, without customary and proper acknowledgement of that authorship." (3.1.3 TCC Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities)

To avoid plagiarism make sure to correctly paraphrase (put into your own words) and include citations for information that was not your original thought. For more information, please explore the links below or reach out to a librarian using Ask  A Librarian!


What is Plagiarism? Information for TCC Students (6:46)

Citation Creation Websites with No Spam

When using a citation builder, please always double check your sources with a reliable sample document to ensure your citations are correctly formatted.  

Additional Websites for Citing Support

Popular Web Resources


MLA Citation Style

APA Citation Style

Other Citation Styles


AMA is used by some disciplines in health professions and has been designed specifically for use in medical fields.

Book Cover

AMA Manual of Style
Call Number: R119 .A533 2007

Legal Citations
The Bluebook is used to create citations for legal documents.

Book CoverThe Bluebook (20th Edition)
Call Number: Reference KF245 .B58 2015


Book CoverThe Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press)

CSE (Council of Science) Format

Developed by the Council of Science Editors (CSE), CSE format is used for scientific publishing. The latest update is the 8th edition, published in 2014.

GSA (Geological Society of America) Format

Book coverA Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th edition)
Call Number: LB2369 .T8 2013

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