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Citing Your Sources

There are many different "styles" you may choose from when citing sources. Your professor will probably tell you which "style" is preferred for your class. MLA (Modern Language Association), Chicago, and APA (American Psychological Association) are the three which are used most often by students at The Claremont Colleges.

To get started, watch the short video below about using Zotero to help you cite your sources. Then, download Zotero and the browser extension to your computer to start citing. 

If you wish to learn more about citing sources, use one of the guides listed below. 

Plagiarism Defined

When attribution is not given for other people’s work or ideas, that is known as plagiarism. Sometimes the intent is malicious and meant to deceive, but in many cases, plagiarism is the unintentional result of bad note-taking, rushing to complete a project or "borrowing" sections of code. Accidental plagiarism can happen in any field.

Each of The Claremont Colleges has their own code of ethics with regard to plagiarism and academic integrity. Please review your campus standards on their website by searching "plagiarism" or review your student handbook.

Learn to Use Zotero

Citation Managers are tools to help you keep track of your citations as you research and to create/format your citations and bibliography. For example, Zotero allows you to keep citations, full text articles, and other research resources organized in one place. You can also use these tools to format your bibliographies and the notes/citations in your papers according to the appropriate style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

Watch this video to learn how to use Zotero

Citing Figures

Clarifying how and what illustrations and images you can use for your class work, senior thesis, or first publication can be a challenging process. It can often seem like a moving target, as laws and policies can differ by intended use, by country, or by type of ownership. 

Before using any image in an academic publication, you must determine its source and any use restrictions in place. Whether an image falls under copyright restriction or not, you must credit the source. If you are unsure about you can always ask your subject librarian, or your professor who can help you one-on-one.

The best option is to create or use an illustration/image that you create and therefore would own the copyright to yourself.

To get started, download the Guide to Using and Citing Illustrations and Images in Your Thesis created by Jennifer Beamer, Scholarly Communications Librarian. 

infographic for copyright and citing figures

Core Citation Style Handbooks