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Cite Your Sources

When you quote or paraphrase the idea of another person in your research paper or speech, you must provide a proper citation for the source. If you use other people's words or ideas without properly giving them credit, you are committing plagiarism, which is a serious NSU honor code violation as well as a federal crime.

Proper citations:
  • give credit to the author
  • enable others to locate the resource you cited
  • improve the credibility of your work, especially if you cited authoritative sources

Understanding Citations

A citation is a reference to a source of information. It should include enough identifying information, including such information as the author, title, and source, so that a reader can locate a copy of the item. You will need to know how to interpret citations that you find in indexes and bibliographies and how to cite sources for your own references. Citations may reference any type of information including: 


Articles (Journal Articles)


HINT: When trying to determine whether the library owns a journal, check NovaCat  and/or Full Text Finder by searching for the title of the journal rather than using the title of the article. 


HINT: When trying to determine whether the library owns a book, check NovaCat by searching for the title of the book.

Court Case (or Legal Decision)


  • Dissertation or Thesis - From a Commercial Database

  • Dissertation or Thesis - From an Institutional Database

Statute or Law


    You can use bibliography management software to help format and manage citations. NSU provides NSU students, faculty and staff with free access to EndNote, ProCite and Reference Manager. Learn more. An online tutorial is available for EndNote.