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English 201: Strategies for Academic Writing

Citation Styles Guide Menu

Citation Styles

Select your citation style from the menu below. This will link you to a citation style guide. The citation styles include: 



Citation Tools (links)

Following the Conversation with Citations (Cited Reference Searching) (video)

When to Cite (video)

Putting sources in conversation (video)

Try it Out: Citation Hunt (activity)

Citation parts help us identify different voices and perspectives in the broader conversation about a subject. For example, publication dates can tell us who shared an idea or finding first. Sometimes it can be challenging to find citation details because each source and search tools display this information differently. Part of college-level research is keeping track of citation information and sharing it with readers. 

Citation Hunt

Review the source or record linked in each question. Fill in the blanks with the correct citation information for each source. Use the "Show Solution"  button to see if you found the right answer.


21st Century Skills: Plagiarism as oppression (activity)

Part of college-level research is communicating to your audience where you got your information. Citations help you do this. Information has value, and it's considered unethical to use someone else's words or ideas without giving them proper credit. We call this plagiarism. At best, failing to distinguish your ideas from the work of others can ruin your credibility. At worst, plagiarism can perpetuate systems of oppression like racism and gender-based bias.

1. Follow the Thread

Download and read the Twitter (aka X) thread that that is transcribed in the document linked in this box. In this series of related posts, Dr. Samantha Ege, a professional Musicologist and pianist, shares her experience with having her work plagiarized by a powerful colleague. 

2. Reflect or Discuss

Discuss with classmates or reflect on your own

  • How is what Rodreguez King-Dorset did different from summarizing or paraphrasing Samantha Ege's work?
  • What are some strategies you could use to avoid plagiarism in your writing and research?

Writing without Plagiarism (tutorial menu)

Writing Without Plagiarism

This is a guide to organizing your research and writing process so that you minimize the risk of plagiarism. It will help you answer questions like:

What is Plagiarism?Do I need to cite this?How do I cite this?How do I keep track of all the sources I use?