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Geography: Citing Sources


Why do I cite my sources?

  • The smart thing to do: readers will consider your work more credible if they know where your information comes from
  • The honest thing to do: it prevents plagiarism by giving credit to the original author of an idea

When do I cite my sources?

McNeese's Academic Integrity Policy states plagiarism as "...representing another person's work without appropriate citations, copying all or part of another's work and claiming it as one's own without appropriate citations..." 

To avoid plagiarism:

  • You directly quote a source
  • You paraphrase a source
  • You summarize someone else's ideas in your own words
  • You draw on facts, information, or data from someone else
  •  You want to add supplemental information not included in your paper, such as footnotes or endnotes

How do I cite my sources?

There are many citation styles, so before you start writing your paper, always follow your professor's instruction for how to format your paper. 

The following tabs will provide information for some citation styles. 

The wording & style was taken from the University of Denver's A Guide to Geography Research: Evaluating & Citing Sources.

Online style guides 

  • UW Madison Writing Center                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Thompson Rivers University Library

Access to the ACS Style Guide is available through the ACS website.                                                                                                                               Chapter 14 provides the rules for citing references in-text and creating a bibliography.

Online style guides

  • Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)                                                                                                                                                                            
  • UNC Libraries: Citing Information                                                                                                                                                                            
  • UW Madison Writing Center   


  Available at the Public Services Desk                                                                                                                              And the stacks, call number BF76.7 .P83 2010


Online style guides   

  • Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)                                                                                                                                                                       
  • UNC Libraries: Citing Information  
  • UW Madison Writing Center                                                                                                                                                                   


  Available at the Public Services Desk                                                                                                                        Call number Z253 .U69 2003



Online style guides

  • Dakota State University Library                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Penn State University Libraries                                                                                                                                                                               
  • UW Madison Writing Center 

Online style guide 


  Available at the Public Services Desk                                                                                                                             Call number LB2369 .M52 2016 



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