Answered By: Library Services Desk Last Updated: May 02, 2017 Views: 87
Depending on the style you choose, foot notes, end notes, a works cited page, or a bibliography in your works is a way to show that your work has been well researched and also a way of acknowledging the sources. You may not realize it, but proper citation formatting & style allows others to easily find the sources that your new work is based on. In addition, many students are surprised to learn that omitting or improperly citing sources can be a form of plagiarism.
Tools and information about citing sources can be found on our citation tool page @ http://www.lib.umd.edu/rc/citation-tools
If you want a bit more info about research in general, check out our guide @ http://www.lib.umd.edu/tl/welcome/library-skills-guides
Please don't hesitate to seek help directly at a Libraries' services desk or by phone (McKeldin's desk phone number 301 405-9046) or, again, through AskUs!
Note: Many websites have automatic citing tools that attempt to create a citation for you. Computer generated citations are always improving, but they are by no means perfect, so be sure to check their formatting and accuracy. You wouldn't want to turn in a paper with bad citations (or lose points on your assignment) by not checking.
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