Citation 101

Citing sources doesn't have to be a difficult process. Click here for guides to the most popular citation styles, with explanations and examples.

Save time by using citation managers , which help you gather citations as you conduct your research, and generate a bibliography using your chosen citation style when you finish your project. Click below to learn more about these popular citation managers supported by Duke:

link to citation tools

Why Cite?

Citing your sources is an important part of your research process because it enables you to:

  • Give credit to the sources you consulted
  • Substantiate the credibility of your research
  • Connect your work to that of other scholars
  • Provide your reader with sources for further exploration of the topic

Be a responsible researcher and avoid plagiarism by scrupulously following these rules:

  • Don't copy, quote, paraphrase or summarize any source without adequate documentation.
  • Don't purchase a paper by mail or email.
  • Never allow another person to write a paper for you.
  • Don't submit another person's unpublished work in your name.

Learn even more about citations by consulting our citation guide !