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Citation Guide

Discover writing and citation resources.


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KnightCite is an online citation generator service, which simplifies the task of compiling an accurate bibliography in the appropriate style (MLA, APA, or Chicago) by formatting the given data on a source into a reliable citation, eliminating the need to memorize minute details of style for multiple kinds of sources.

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Purdue's Online Writing Lab houses writing resources and instructional material. Students will find information to assist with many writing projects. Find examples of citation and styles in MLA and APA format. 

Writing and citation help/tutoring is available as a free service to Central Community College students at each campus Writing Center. For more information, call 402-562-1204 (Columbus) 308-398-7394 (Grand Island), or 402-460-2146 (Hastings).

What is the Writing Center? 

The Writing Center offers free, one-on-one assistance to Central Community College students as they strive to improve their writing skills. We provide CCC student writers with a welcoming, inviting, collaborative and supportive atmosphere in which they can develop their skills and make informed decisions about their writing. We promote writing excellence and success of students in both their academic and future careers. The Writing Center also offers free, one-on-one collaboration to Central Community College faculty and staff as they create assignments for their courses, write for publication, update their resumes and CVs, etc.

How do I use the Writing Center?

Students are encouraged to schedule appointments ahead of time. We accept drop-ins, but a Writing Coach might not be immediately available. Please contact the Academic Success Center Coordinator for more information or for assistance in scheduling an appointment.

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Any time you use ideas or words that appear in a document written by someone else, you must formally reference that work, even if it is not something that has been published.

Plagiarism is considered a breach of academic integrity and can have very serious consequences.

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CCC's Academic Integrity Policy

You can avoid plagiarism by knowing what sources must be documented.

Specific words and phrases - If you use an author's specific words, you must place those words within quotation marks and you must credit the source.

Information and ideas - Even if you use your own words, if you obtained the information or ideas from a source, you must document the source.

You do not need to cite a source for material considered common knowledge (factual information about historical events considered to be in the public domain).

When in doubt, cite!

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It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:

  • To show your reader you've done proper research by listing sources you used to get your information
  • To be a responsible scholar by giving credit to other researchers and acknowledging their ideas
  • To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
  • To allow your reader to track down the sources you used by citing them accurately in your paper by way of footnotes, a bibliography or reference list

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