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Research Fundamentals: Citation

A guide to print and online resources for starting your research.

Citation Skills

Why do I cite?

Using footnotes, bibliographies, and similar strategies serves two main purposes.

It gives credit to the person who created the idea.

  • It allows your readers to locate the sources you used, therefore they can read or judge them for themselves.

How do I cite?

Different disciplines use different documentation styles. Here are some guides to MLA citation style.

For APA citation style:

Academic Honesty and Plagiarism

Northeastern University is committed to the principles of intellectual honesty and integrity and to respecting intellectual property.  See detailed guidelines for Academic Integrity Policy as set by Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR).

Also check out the subject guide on Plagiarism and How to Avoid It

Using Others' Work

You may have questions about using others' work.

Check tips for Copyright and Fair Use

and the Open Access subject guide, which links to online resources that do not require permission to use

Examples and Exercises