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ICEAP: Citing your Sources

Your Guide to Cape Breton University Library

Why Cite?

  1. Give credit to the work, words, and ideas of others
  2. Allow readers to find your sources
  3. Avoid plagiarism


bib·li·og·ra·phy /bɪbliˈɑ:grəfi/ noun

plural bib·li·og·ra·phies : a list of books, magazines, articles, etc., about a particular subject

The instructor provided the students with an excellent bibliography on local history. 2 : a list of the books, magazines, articles, etc., that are mentioned in a text

The book includes a lengthy bibliography.


pla·gia·rism /pleɪʤəˌrɪzəm/ noun

: the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person : the act of plagiarizing something

The student has been accused of plagiarism.


From the website:
APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.  (REF BF 76.7 P83 2010)

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