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Social Work: How to Cite Sources

Finding Articles

Databases are the first place to look for articles. Databases usually have information about an article (such as the title, author, name of the journal or magazine in which the article appeared) and they may also contain a summary (abstract) of the article.

Some databases have a complete copy of the articles (called full text). In this case there is a link to an HTML or PDF document. 

Creating a Citation Page

Overview

There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example: Social Science Research requires the mastery of APA.

Check with your professor to make sure you use the required style. And whatever style you choose, BE CONSISTENT!

Citation Style Guides

Copyright & Plagiarism

Here are some resources to help you better understand Copyright, Plagiarism, and the correct documentation of resources.

Citation Generator

Automatic citation generators are quick and easy ways to create a works cited page.  Unfortunately, these tools aren't always correct.

If you choose to use an automatic citation generator, like the ones provided below, ensure the generated citations are correct by checking them against a style manual or guidelines provided by a professor. 

You Quote It, You Note It!

Want to learn the basics of avoiding plagiarism and learn why, when, and how to cite? Check out this tutorial!