The term "citation" refers to the systems and methods used in academic writing to identify the sources of words and information. Simply put, the audience for your paper or project needs to know how you know what you know, and be able to find your sources if they want to know more.
Different citation systems--also known as "formats" or "styles"--are used in different fields. Your instructor will usually tell you which style is required for your assignment; if the instructor doesn't say, ask. Some of the most common are:
If you are not sure what citation style to use for your paper, check your syllabus or assignment sheet, then ask your professor!
If you're not sure how to cite something, there are several places you can turn for help.
Call Research Services at (724) 738-2641, speak to the librarian on-duty in the 1st floor Research Services Office, or follow the link below to be taken to Ask A Librarian, our online query system.
Bailey Library has prepared LibGuides to help students with the citation styles most commonly used as SRU.
The following outside resources are also recommended by librarians:
The university Code of Conduct can be downloaded here. Academic honesty is discussed under "student responsibilities."
Plagiarism.org provides a variety of resources about plagiarism and citation. The "Plagiarism 101" and "Citing Sources" tabs are particularly useful.
This post from SRU's educational technology blog explains how Turnitin's plagiarism-checking software works.