Why do we cite sources?
A note to students about citation style guidelines: Many citation format guidelines are open to interpretation. For this reason your instructor is the final authority of the subject of citation for any given assignment.
So how do you cite sources? You can use online or physical resources to help you create citations, but most databases also offer basic citation resources. Remember to always double-check any citations created by a computer or database. They can and do make mistakes!
Learn why you should never just copy and paste or bookmark links from a library resource by using Permalinks.
You can also save your search results:
What is plagiarism?
To plagiarize is to use someone else's work, whether published or unpublished, thru direct quotation or paraphrase, without giving credit to the author. Copying and pasting directly from the Internet or from online works is also plagiarism
The Hiram College Writing Center's Style Guide also provides resources to help you avoid plagiarism.
This page from Purdue University should help you avoid plagiarism: Quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing
And several more pages from Purdue University to hone your skills at paraphrasing: