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Communication Studies 311 - Argumentation (Hicks)

Why Cite Sources?

Citation Style Guides

Whenever you quote or base your ideas on another person's work, you must acknowledge the source you used. Even when you do not quote directly from another work, if reading that source contributes to the ideas presented in your paper, you must give the author(s) proper credit. If you don't, you are committing plagiarism.

Citations allow you to:

  • give credit to authors for their ideas.
  • show the depth and scope of your research.
  • provide a road map of your research so that others can locate and explore the sources you consulted.
  • avoid committing plagiarism.

Citations provide:

  • evidence or support for your arguments.
  • credibility to your work by demonstrating that you have sought out and considered a variety of resources.

In written academic work, responding to and commenting on the work of scholars shows you've done your research. Adding something of your own shows your critical thinking and understanding of the topic. 

See our Citation Help page for more.

EBSCO Databases Cite Button

Our databases provided by the company EBSCO all have cite tool. You will either see the toolbar below, with both icons and wording or at least see icons. For MLA, click Cite and then scroll down to MLA. Copy and paste the MLA citation in your document.  Double-check the citation for accuracy using the Citation Style Guides.

Cite OneSearch

CQ Research Cite Now Tool

Your results in CQ Researcher offer citations also.

  1. Click Cite Now
  2. Click MLA
  3. Copy and Paste into your Works Cited Page