Citing Sources

The Basic Research page recommends gathering the details needed for citations as you go. Tracking down misplaced citation details at the end of a paper-writing process can be time cosuming and frustrating.

The purpose of citing sources is to give credit to other authors whose words and ideas you borrow and to avoid committing plagiarism. This page provides a few details on how to cite the various types of publications that might be used in a business or economics paper.

There are different styles for citing publications in the text of a paper and listing them in a reference list. Your professor for a particular class will probably tell you which style to use, and you will need to follow his or her instructions. Here are a few examples of style manuals available in print at the Rod Library reference desk:

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (UNI Ref Desk BF76.7 . P83)
    (This APA web site summarizes detail from the Publication Manual on how to cite electronic resources.)
  • The Chicago Manual of Style (UNI Ref Desk Z253 .U69)
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (UNI Ref Desk LB2369 .T8)
  • MLA Handbook For Writers of Research Papers (UNI Ref Desk CBT   LB2369 .G53 2009) (This MLA site provides a summary.)

The following pages from other university libraries or universities give tips on how to cite specific publication types and databases used in business and econonomics research.

Updated August 23, 2010