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Asian American Cultural Center - A Research Guide: Cite Your Work!

This research guide was created for students at the Asian American Cultural Center at Yale. Use this guide to learn about accessing Yale Library resources, as well as specific resources for Asian American Studies.

Why Cite?

It is important to cite your sources in order to:

  1. Show your reader that you have done your research
  2. Give credit to authors included in your argument
  3. Avoid plagiarism
  4. Provide your readers with a way to locate sources

Citations should be formatted according to the specific citation style, determined by your academic discipline or your professor. All citations include the same basic information: author, article title, source title, volume and issue, publication date, and page number(s).

Use Purdue OWL as a guide both for formatting your papers as well as for double-checking the format of your citations.

What is a Citation Manager?

A citation manager will help you keep track of resources (books, articles, images -- anything!) and will also help you make a bibliography in any citation format. Citation managers will keep you organized and can save you a lot of time.

There are a few citation managers to choose from, including: 

Citation Style Guides