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ESL 3100/3110 Advanced Reading & Advanced Writing for Multilingual Speakers: Citing Sources

This guide is for students in the dual enrollment program with the Paterson School district.

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Automatically Generated Citations

While most databases provide a way to generate a citation for a source, be sure to check it to make sure it is accurate. Here are few examples of citations that need some revisions.

In this example, the author's name is all in capital letters. You would need to revise it to this: Baker, Aryn. 

BAKER, ARYN. “These Drones Are Saving Lives.” Time International (Atlantic Edition), vol. 191, no. 22, June 2018, pp. 30–33. EBSCOhost,

In this example, part of the article title is all in capital letters. You would need to revise it to this: "Delivery Services:

Kanell, Michael. "DELIVERY SERVICES: Delivery Robots Roll in Atlanta: Amazon Will Try System with 'Select Customers' After Testing Elsewhere." The Atlanta Journal - Constitution, Jul 22, 2020. ProQuest,

In this example, the title of the book is not in italics. You would need to revise it to this: Drones : What Everyone Needs to Know .

Kreps, Sarah E. Drones : What Everyone Needs to Know . First edition., Oxford University Press, 2016.

Why do I need to cite?

You must cite your source of information any time you use another person’s ideas, opinion or theory. You must also provide citations for any facts, statistics, graphs, or drawings that are not common knowledge. Quotations of another person's actual spoken or written word and paraphrases of another person's spoken or written words must also be cited.