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General Questions

Why should I use citations?

Citations are a consistent way to give credit and define the origin of information. A good citation allows other scholars to easily find the sources of specific pieces of information.

When do I need to use citations?

You should use citations when you:

  • Direct quote
  • Paraphrase
  • Include facts or data
  • Insert images or videos

You do not need to use citations when you use:

  • Your own words and thoughts
  • Common knowledge 

If you are unsure whether or not the information is common knowledge, always err on the side of citing the source.  

Why do I need to cite my sources?

Citing your sources is an important part of research since it:

  • Gives credit to the original resource
  • Supports and strengthens your research
  • Helps other scholars to find related works

What happens when I do not cite my sources?

Plagiarism happens when you take information from other sources and do not cite them. Harvard University's statement on plagiarism and academic integrity gives more information about what is considered plagiarism and the consequences of plagiarism.

Additional Citation Guides

Generating a Citation from HOLLIS

It is possible to generate APA, Chicago, and MLA citations directly from a HOLLIS record. Below the title and cover image in the HOLLIS record, there is a button labeled "Citation" in the "Send to" section. After selecting "Citation", the user can choose their desired citation style, which is shown below.

Please note: Citation generators are not always completely accurate and citations should be double checked before use.

HOLLIS Citation Generator