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Citing Sources

Graduate students attending the Stuart Library CourseThe Code of Academic Integrity defines Cornell University's official guidelines concerning honesty in academic pursuits. One example of violating this code is "knowingly representing the work of others as one's own."  It is important to cite the work of others if you use or refer to it in your work.

Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism is a helpful tutorial offered by the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences, if you have questions about what is permissible.

Below is a listing of online and print resources that provide information on how to correctly cite sources in your writing and research.  For additional assistance on citing resources, please contact a Reference Librarian or use our online Ask a Librarian form.

RefWorks - Personal Database and Bibliography Creator
RefWorks is a web-based tool for managing citations that allows users to easily import references from online database searches and to format papers and bibliographies. Discover Refwork's potential by taking a campus workshop.

Citation Styles

APA citation style refers to the rules and conventions established by the American Psychological Association for documenting sources used in a research paper.

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.)
    ILR Ref BF 76.7 A51 2001
    American Psychological Association (2001)
    Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association
  • APA Citation Style
    Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Library

Chicago Manual of Style (Online)
Available via a Cornell University Library subscription

  • Chicago Manual of Style
    ILR Ref Z253.C53
    Chicago: University of Chicago Press

MLA citation style refers to the rules and conventions established by the Modern Language Association for acknowledging sources used in a research paper.

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th ed.)
    ILR Ref LB 2369 G53 2003
    Gibaldi, J. (2003)
    New York: Modern Language Association of America
  • MLA Citation Style
    Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Library

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2006 ed.) by Peter W. Martin
Legal Citation is a standard language that allows one writer to refer to legal authorities with sufficient precision and generality that others can follow the references. Because writing by lawyers and judges is so dependent on such references, it is a language of abbreviations and special terms. 

Additional Online Resources

Citation Guide - Turabian
From the Concordia University Libraries, a basic introduction to citation style for social sciences term papers based on the 6th edition of Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (see print references below).

Citing Sources

Finding and Evaluating Information: The Quick Guide - Citing Sources

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography

Elements of Style
Classic style guide from William Strunk.

Print Resources 

The Bluebook; a Uniform System of Citation
ILR Library Reference KF245.U58 Labor Law (Latest Edition)
Past Editions - ILR Library KF245.U58
Littleton, Colo.: Fred B. Rothman Publications

ILR Ref LB2369.T82 M29 1996
Turabian, K. L. (1996)
A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (6th ed. / rev. by John Grossman and Alice Bennett. ed.)
Chicago: University of Chicago Press

ILR Ref KF 250 N73 2000
National Labor Relations Board (2000)
NLRB Style Manual; a Guide for Legal Writing in Plain English
Washington, D. C.: U. S. G. P. O.