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Spanish 501 Advanced Spanish Language Colloquium: Citation Help

When to Use Citations

You must use citations when:

  • You use a direct quote from a resource.
  • You paraphrase a sentence or paragraph from a source.
  • You use an IDEA from a source that is not common knowledge.

When in doubt, cite it!


Online Citation Help

Plagiarism FAQ

The Oxford English Dictionary defines Plagiarism as:
The action or practice of plagiarizing; the wrongful appropriation or purloining, and publication as one's own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas (literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, etc.) of another.

Save time with a Citation generator

The joy of finding footnotes and bibliographic entries that lead to the perfect original source can only happen when scholars carefully track their sources and generate citations in an appropriate style. Neglecting to track your sources as you move through the research process will cost you HOURS of precious time. 

Try this excellent tool: (click the image below)

NoodleTools is a bibliographic citation and notes management tool. It creates citations for dozens of source types in a variety of styles.  It also helps you keep your citations associated with source notes you create.  It is simple to use and will save you HOURS.

In-Text Citations

When using MLA style, you are expected to use in-text citations as opposed to footnotes.  These can appear tricky at first, but honing the skill of in-text citations will actually make your writing stronger and more "readable" because they help eliminate passive voice writing.

Here are a few online guides that can help you with in-text citations:

Instructional Librarian

OWHL Citation Guide

Need more citation help? Please visit OWHL Citation Guide.

Or, come to the Help Desk and talk to one of the Research and Instructional Librarians for further help when needed.