Skip to main content

Basic Library Skills Tutorial: Citing Sources

A 5-module tutorial on learning about the library, services, support, and tools for beginning your research.

Additional Resources

AskAway

Module 4

Citations or references, give credit to others for their work and ideas and allow readers to track down the original work.  Whenever you use someone else’s words or ideas in your paper or presentation, you must indicate that this information is borrowed by citing your source.

This lesson will help you determine when and what to cite; how to read citations; and how to use a style guide to format your citations. 

Note: Click the accordion title to open and close.

Proper citation practices are a requirement of UBC’s standards for academic honesty.  Watch the following video to learn more about when to cite and why it’s so important to do so.

Links and transcript from the video:

The fundamental elements, or pieces of information to cite a source properly change very little from citation style to citation style.  The styles often differ more in terms of the look and layout of a citation’s elements than anything else.  Watch the following video to learn more about the core elements of a citation and why they matter to your reader.

Links and transcript from the video:

Style guides govern the look and layout of your entire paper and provide you with all the information you need to format your citations accurately.  Watch the following video to learn more about navigating a style guide index so that you’ll be able to find all the formatting and other requirements that you’ll need to format your paper and citations in a particular style.

Links and transcript from the video: