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Citing Sources: Let's Get Started

Citation help

Want more help with citing sources, citation styles, or avoiding plagiarism?

Citation management tools

Citation management tools are an excellent way to keep track of art and design research, including images, and can help create works cited lists and bibliographies

There are several popular citation management tools:

For more detailed information about citation management tools, consult our quick guide.

Avoiding plagiarism

Properly citing sources is integral to avoiding plagiarism. The following websites clarify what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.

Online style guides

Purdue University's OWL (Online Writing Lab) has easy-to-use online style guides for MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. These are a great place to start if you are looking for help with a particular citation style.

Each guide outlines basic rules for in-text citations, works cited lists, and bibliographies. This includes how to cite different kinds of books, journal articles, websites, videos, images, and much more.

Citing images correctly is just as important as citing written sources in your work. The following guides provide specific guidelines for citing images from some of the most common sources.

Print style guides

The library also holds print copies of the main style guides, which cover every aspect of each citation style. You may need these for information on how to cite sources not covered in the online guides, such as performances, or didactic panels in a museum exhibition.