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NoodleTools & Works Cited

Works Cited, Citations, and Avoiding Plagiarism 

General Guidelines for Citing Your Sources:

Why Cite?

  • To give credit where credit is due: When using the works of others in your essays and research papers, make sure to give the original author credit by including an In-Text citation and list the source in your works cited or references page.
  • To give your readers more information: Providing In-Text citations and references allows your readers to find out where you found the information in your paper and where to locate the original source.

When to Cite? 

  • If an idea wasn't yours, you should cite in-text. This includes:
    • Direct Quotations
    • Paraphrasing
    • Using an idea that someone else gave you in a conversation, email, class etc.
    • Describing an idea that influenced your work
    • Expert opinion or lending authority to your own opinion
    • Giving any information that isn't common knowledge
    • Using any or all of a previously created work of your own (self-plagiarism)

From SUNY Brockport's Guide to Citing ( and Cornell University's LibGuide for Citations (

Helpful Websites for Research and Citations

NoodleTools  - The premier research management system. Make and create Works Cited Lists in MLA, APA and Chicago formats. Take notes and create outlines to help with research and writing papers.

Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)  - Purdue University's writing guide for all styles. A must use when beginning research, writing essays and reports, and creating bibliographies.

** See Mr. Johnston with any questions regarding Works Cited or In-Text citations **