Whenever you are writing a paper and take an idea or statement from another text, such as a book or article, you must give credit to the source and provide your readers with the information necessary to retrieve the source themselves. The same is true for web pages, videos on YouTube, or an interview from a TV show. Generally, this is known as citing your source. Many professions have their own method of citing and these styles have their own names, such as APA, MLA, and Chicago. It is important to first know which style you are supposed to be using; you may need to ask your professor or check your syllabus or assignment. Once you know which citation style you need, choose the appropriate tab above.
Please note this is a guide only and not meant to be an exhaustive resource. If you have questions about any of the styles covered in this guide, please consult the style manuals available in the library. If you need help finding a style manual, do not hesitate to ask a librarian. If you need help using a style manual, consider visiting the TU Writing Center.