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 Cite your sources

Why Should I Cite?

Using other people’s research or ideas without giving them due credit is plagiarism. Since BibMe™ makes it easy to create citations, build bibliographies and acknowledge other people’s work, there is no excuse to plagiarize. Don’t be a thief—save your grade, use BibMe™ and give credit to those who deserve it!


It is ethical to give authors and artists credit for their work.


By establishing provenance you strengthen your own work.


It helps an interested reader delve deeper. It’s good karma!

 Citation Cheat Sheet

Citing Basics

Keep Track of your information during the research phase

1.   Copy and paste the web address of any source you read.

2.   If you copy and paste text from a website, be sure that you keep the quotation with the web address.

3.   Organization is key to a successful bibliography.

Keep Track of your quotes during the writing phase

1.   If you use a direct quote from someone, put quotation marks around it and put the web address in brackets after it.

2.   If you paraphrase (put in your own words) ideas from someone, put the web address in brackets after it.

Make a Bibliography Page

1.   Create a page at the back of your document called "Bibliography".

2.   Use (There are other free citation sites and they are all very similar with far too many advertisements.)

3.   Click on "I only want to create citations".

4.   Choose MLA (Modern Languages Association).

5.   Chose "Website".

6.   Copy your first web address from your notes and paste it into the white line that says "Find a website by url or keyword".

7.   Click "Search Website".

8.   Scroll down to see the website and click "Select".

9.   Scroll down and click "Final Step".

10.There may be some blank information spots. If you can fill them in by visiting the site again, do so. If the information is impossible to find, leave it blank.

11.Click "Create Citation".

12.Scroll down and under the advertisement to get you to "Check your paper before your teacher does", you will find your citation.

13.Use the "Copy & Paste" button.

14.It tells you to "Press Ctrl + C to copy the selected text to your clipboard".

15.Go to your Bibliography page and paste it there using Ctrl +V.

16.Scroll up to see the "Add another citation to your bibliography".

17.After you have done all your citations, type "Sort" in the "Tell me" spot in Word and sort by paragraph.

In-text Citations

1.   Go back through your paper and notice where you put all the brackets with the web addresses.

2.   Match the web address with the source you put in your Bibliography.

3.   Format your in-text citations as follows:

·       (Author's last name)

·       It goes immediately after the direct quote or paraphrased sentence just before the period.

·       If there is no author, put the name of the website (Wikipedia).