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BIOL 3520: Cell Biology Lab

Library resources for your problem-solving presentations.

When Do I Use a Citation?

Anytime you use information from an article or book that isn't general knowledge, then you need to acknowledge the source with a citation. You need a citation whether you paraphrase a source or quote it directly. Scientists usually don't use quotations in papers.

Remember that you have to provide an in-text citation after a sentence in your paper AND you need to put the complete reference in your Cited References (sometimes called Reference List or Bibliography).

Ask yourself, would I have known that information without reading the source? If no, then cite. If you don't use citations, then you are committing plagiarism!!

Where Can I Get Citation Help?

The UNT Libraries provide print manuals and online style guides to assist you in correctly formatting papers and citing references. The links below take you to manuals and guides for the major citation styles. To see all styles available, visit the Citations and Style Guide.

Citation and Writing Help

The UNT Writing Center is a great resource to use for assistance with formatting style and citation, writing style, organization, flow and more. The lab accepts appointments and walk-ins, but appointments are encouraged to guarantee time with a tutor. To make an appointment, drop by the Writing Center or call at (940) 565-2563.

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Need help? Then use the library's Ask Us service. Get help from real people face-to-face, by phone, or by email.

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