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Citation Styles and Academic Integrity: Why Citations Matter

Jump-start Your Citations

Use Ritz Discovery Search's "Cite" tool to jump-start your citations!

  1. Within the detailed item record, click on the "Cite" icon on the right-hand side, under Tools
  2. Scroll down to APA or MLA in the list of citation styles
  3. Highlight, copy and paste the citation into your paper
  4. Change the font and formatting to match your paper
  5. Check for errors (formatting errors are the most common) by comparing against samples in Purdue OWL OR from materials supplied to you by your instructor. 

In addition, almost all of the individual library databases have convenient citation tools, usually on the top or right side of the page. The citation tool may look like any of these icons:

Citation tool icons from various databases



Even though there are citation tools available to you, you should still learn about the basics of how to cite sources: what are the elements in a citation; why is citation important; and how do citation practices support academic integrity and the scholarly conversation. Use the resources in this guide to learn more!

Why Citations Matter

Free Citation Generators

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