Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
In this tutorial, you will learn why you should credit your sources, what types of information you should cite, what academic honesty is, and how to be academically honest. This module is designed to take about 10 minutes to complete and includes lots of examples and some interactive practice.
How documentation works:
There are several specific styles of documentation, but all have the same idea: When you borrow another's information, you explicitly say in your paper what is borrowed and where it is from.
Resources that will help you document your paper in Turabian or two other popular styles--MLA and APA.
Web sites that can assist you in creating a citation in the proper format for Turabian, MLA, and APA are:
- Citing electronic resources in Turabian style -- with more electronic resources being used for research, this guide will assist you in citing electronic resources.
- KnightCite Citation Service -- this site allows you to fill in a form that creates a citation for you in Turabian, MLA or APA. It's not magic though. You still have to know the elements of a citation and fill in additional information in order for it to produce correct citations.
- Chegg Writing Citation Generator - free online citation tool that creates quick citations with easy-to-use generator. Cite your sources in a variety of writing styles including MLA, APA, and Chicago.
Why is it necessary to show where words and ideas of others are used in your writing?
When you use information from other authors in your writing, you must be honest about revealing your sources. To do this, various formal methods of acknowledging where you gathered information have been developed. These methods are called "documentation."
Check out our guide:
Citing Sources & Plagiarism