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SDV-100: Career Exploration Assignment

5. Cite Sources

When you quote or paraphrase the idea of another person in your research paper or speech, you must cite the sources you use to:

  • Give credit to the author or creator.
  • Enable a reader to locate the sources you cited.
  • Demonstrate the accuracy and reliability of your information.
  • Show the amount of research you’ve done.
  • Strengthen your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

If you use ideas of others and present them as your own without citing these references, you are committing plagiarism, which is subject to disciplinary actions ranging from warnings and a failing grade to being expelled from the college. (See the Reynolds Student Handbook, Policy No. 1-34: Academic Honesty, starting on page 119)

Automatic citation generators are also available via many of the library databases.

*** Important update as of August 2017: 

ALL current Reynolds students, faculty, and staff:

  • If you would like to access EasyBib from both on campus and off campus, you will need to register for an EasyBib account. EasyBibregistration instructions are below:

NEW Reynolds EasyBib users:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the following EDU Coupon Code: JSergVA161 then click on Save.
  3. When the Register form appears, enter your First & Last nameEmail address, create a Password, then select your Position and Grade.
  4. You are now ready to use EasyBib from both on and off campus. The direct URL to EasyBib is https:/

Users with an EXISTING Reynolds EasyBib account (those who registered before September 2016):

  1. Go to
  2. Login with your existing EasyBib username (email address) and password. The EasyBib login link is located near the top right side of the screen.
  3. When the Join a School screen appears, enter the following EDU Coupon Code: JSergVA161 then click on Save.
  4. You are now ready to use EasyBib from both on and off campus. The direct URL to EasyBib is

Reynolds Libraries access to EasyBib allows you to:

  1. Create citations in various styles including MLA, APA and Chicago.
  2. Create a bibliography quickly using the Autocite or Manual entry forms for over 50 source types.
  3. Use features such as parenthetical formatting and adding annotations.
  4. Export citations to MS Word or Google Docs. You can also email citations to yourself.
  5. Save and access saved citations from anywhere.

If you need help on using EasyBib:

  • Check out the EasyBib Support site.
  • Or you can contact the Reynolds Libraries Reference Desk for additional information or assistance.

Reynolds Libraries Citation Style MLA and APA guides include:

  • examples for citing a wide variety of resources
  • in-text citation examples
  • Links to printable handouts
  • Links to other helpful citation guides

The most recent copies of the MLA Handbook and the  APA Publication Manual are kept at the Reference Desk of each campus library and are available for your use within the library.


Always check with your instructor on what format specifications to use for a particular class or assignment, especially when citing electronic resources including material found in library databases.

The automatic citation generators noted on this page are NOT FOOLPROOF.  These tools will save you time, but you should always double-check by:

  • reviewing the examples given on the Reynolds Library Citation Style: MLA and APA 
    online guides
  • consulting with a Reynolds Librarian
  • consulting with your instructor
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