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How to do Research for a College Paper

STEP 7: Cite your Sources

Backup your research by gathering citation information along the way.

  • Author
  • Book or Article Title
  • Date of Publication 
  • Journal Title
  • Publisher and Place of Publication
  • Page Numbers
  • URL (Link to website)

LIBRARY TIP: Library Databases Provide a Citation Tool
  • All library databases have a citation tool that allows you to retrieve a citation to an article, book, or film.
  • Article databases allow you to email a pdf of the article along with a citation in MLA or APA format. 
  • Always make sure you select the correct format and double check that the citation is properly formatted.