This guide covers MLA and APA citation styles. If you have questions or need additional assistance, you can visit the library, call us at (313) 845- 6377, or use the link on this page. If you would like to see the official style manuals for either of these styles, please visit the library's Reference Desk.
Why do I need to cite things?
While the term "plagiarism" is thrown around a lot, citing your sources correctly is just good practice and is designed to help fellow researchers to locate and learn from the sources you used. By writing a research paper, you are joining in on the conversation on a particular topic. Part of that conversation is showing that you are able to take concepts that have previously been discussed and add to them or discuss them in a new way, which is shown by your citations.
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