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When and What Do I Cite?

Cite anything you write or create that uses or refers to the ideas of another person, including:

  • direct quotations
  • paraphrasing of passages
  • indebtedness to another person for an idea
  • use of another student's work
  • use of your own previous work<
You do not need to cite information that is common knowledge.

Style Guides

For full details, use style guides in the library:
Turabian     |     Chicago - online     |     APA     |     MLA

UMKC Writing Studio

The Writing Studio offers:

  • free peer consultation service for students.
  • online writing resources, including guides to APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian
  • workshops on citing sources, plagiarism, writing style, organizing ideas, grammar, punctuation, and more.

Visit their website or call 816-235-1146 to make an appointment.

Citation Managers

Online tools to organize, manage, and use sources.

Writing Resources Collection

The UMKC Libraries' Writing Resources Collection a physical and digital collection for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty engaged in writing. In this collection, you can find citation style guides, books on writing strategies and techniques, tips for academic writers, and "how to" books on writing everything from research papers to dissertations.

The Writing Studio's consultants are happy to work with you on your writing. You can drop in at the Miller Nichols Library location during their office hours, or you can make an appointment to meet with them in the Atterbury Student Success Center. You can even consult with them via email or through online video chat. See their website for hours and more details.

Writing Resources Collection - Print Books: The Writing Resources Collection's print books are located in the Writing Studio area of Miller Nichols Library (northwest corner of the 1st floor).

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