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Step 7: Cite Your Sources

 

WHAT IS A CITATION?

A citation is a method of documenting where an idea, a piece of information, or a quote in your paper came from.

Example:

Citation within your paper: Medieval Europe was a place both of "raids, pillages, slaver, and extortion" and of "traveling merchants, monetary exchange, towns if not cities, and active markets in grain" (Townsend 10).

Corresponding reference at the end of your paper: Townsend, Robert M. The Medieval Village Economy. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1993.

 

WHY CITE?

 

HOW TO CITE

General Instructions for Citing

Citing sources consists of two steps:

  1. Cite within the text of your paper with parenthetical references or footnotes. Provide the exact page number for the passage you are citing, so anyone reading your paper can go back and find the same information.
  2. Provide a comprehensive list of all the works cited. This is called a Works Cited Page, or a Bibliography, depending on which citation style you use.