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Introduction to Library Research

Style Guides

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. Check out the research tool Zotero for saving, organizing, and citing sources.

UMKC Writing Studio

The Writing Studio offers peer tutoring to help you at all stages of the writing process from the first to final draft. They offer online writing guides on citing sources, plagiarism, writing style, organizing ideas, grammar and punctuation. Visit the Writing Studio website or call 816.235.1146 to make an appointment.