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National Security Affairs: Cite Your Sources

This guide was assembled to help students in National Security Affairs in the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies.

Introducing APA Style Central

This is a great resource for helping you format papers and references in APA style, add references both in text and to your reference list to your paper, choose from a number of common paper templates and much more. You will need to make an account to use this resource. If you have any questions please contact the reference department. 

Library Citation Guides

Cite Your Sources

When you quote or paraphrase the idea of another person in your research paper or speech, you must provide a proper citation for the source in a bibliography or list of references. This gives credit to the author and enables the reader to locate the resource you cited. 

Providing references for sources you used also lends credibility to your work, especially if you use authoritative sources. 

If you use other people's ideas and do not give them credit by providing proper references to their work, you are committing plagiarism. Plagiarism is an honor code violation at NSU as well as a federal crime. 

Citation Styles

When citing sources, be sure to use a conventional bibliographic style. Most disciplines have a standard style that writers are expected to use. Each style will specify a uniform way of citing sources. 

Please consult the corresponding library guide on the following citation sytles for specific examples: