No matter where your information comes from, you always need to cite your sources. The most frequently used citation formats - APA, MLA, and Chicago - have been compiled by the reference librarians on a webpage. These can be found by visiting the webpage Citing Sources.
Most databases provide automatic citations for resources. If you find something you like, the option to cite is often in the left-hand sidebar. See the example below.
When you locate the "cite" option, you just need to copy and paste from the relevant format
NOTE: Citations generated by the databases are not always 100% correct. If a perfect citation is important to you, you will want to confirm the formatting against the guidelines for the relevant style linked on our Citing Sources webpage.
Elements of Style by Strunk and White is commonly suggested as a resource for undergraduate writers. The Libraries provide an ebook version of the most recent edition (4th ed.) in a fully downloadable format. To access the file, look in the left-hand sidebar of the link provided, as shown below.
In addition, an audiobook version is also available. To access the audiobook, look in the record listing for a category called "URL" and click the associated link as shown below.
Many students find that the transition to college writing comes with much higher expectations than high school. Writing and citation practices that might have been acceptable in high school could be considered plagiarism in college. Writing Tutorial Services (WTS) has excellent information about avoiding plagiarism on their webpage. If you have any doubt about what is considered plagiarism, schedule an appointment with WTS to talk with someone.