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Linguistics: Citation Help

Why Cite Sources?

Citing sources refers to acknowledging someone else's materials or ideas in your own research. Failure to provide citations to the source material is unethical and violates the San Francisco State University Standards for Student Conduct.

The following websites discuss plagiarism, either intentional or unintentional, and suggest ways to avoid it when writing.

SFSU Library Guide For Citing References

The Library guide to Citing References includes sample citations for citing print and electronic information in several style formats, including APA, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian. When writing a paper, ask your professor which style guide he or she prefers.

Citation Manuals & Style Guides

The latest editions of the following style manuals are located in the Reference Collection, 3rd Floor.

Citing Builders & Helpers

Citation Builders are websites which allow the user to write in information about a reference and then generate a citation in APA, MLA, or other style formats. Although these sites are helpful, you must check to make sure that the site is up-to-date with the current edition of a specific style manual and that the results are accurate.