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African American Studies Resource Guide: Citing your Sources

This guide provides selected information resources in support of BLKST / HST- 469: 'African American Life-Slave & Free.' These resources include both those useful to the study of historical events and those appropriate for researching current issues.

APA Citation Style

Citation Management Tool: RefWorks

RefWorks is a tool to help users to gather and organize citations.

The citations are collected during the research process: most databases allow for citations to be exported directly into RefWorks. When the project is complete, RefWorks will compile the citations into a 'works cited' according to APA or MLA, as needed.

Users have the option of sharing their folders for work on group projects.

See the guide below for instructions.

Academic Honesty and Avoiding Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is using someone else's work without crediting the original author or creator.  This includes the use of any ideas, research, or analysis of a topic, that were written by someone else, even if you have not used their exact words. 

Obvious examples of plagiarism are copying and pasting parts of an article or online encylopedia essay into your own paper. However, even the accidental omission of a citation for a source is regarded as plagiarism. 

No one has ever failed a class for using too many citations, however you could fail a class, or even be expelled, for failing to cite the sources you have used.

For more information on these concepts, see the guide Ethical Use of Information.

Additional Citation Tool: NoodleBib