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Write and Cite

Welcome to the BU Library's Write and Cite Guide!


Confused about when you should cite? Don't know APA from AMAThis guide provides general information about how to cite your sources. For specific examples of how to cite, see the AMA and APA tabs, or refer to the complete style manual in the Reference section of the library.

If you don't know what style to use for an assignment, ask your instructor. And remember, Academic Honesty and plagiarism are mutually exclusive! If you have additional questions, contact your friendly librarians.

1. If you know the citation style you need (APA, AMA,) click on the tab. If you aren't sure which citation style to use, ask your instructor. If your instructor doesn't have a preference, use APA, because it's easiest to use.

2. Each style guide page includes basic examples (for how to cite a journal, book, etc.)

3. If you can’t find a matching example, use the closest one or contact the library for help. In general, err on the side of more information rather than less, and be sure to include the essential elements so that readers can find the item. 


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