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Online/Distance Learners Library Guide: Citing Sources: Overview & List of Resources

Information for students who are enrolled in online courses

Why Do We Cite?

Student Handbook

To use the ideas or words of another person without crediting the source is plagiarism, which is a violation of Bentley University's Academic Integrity Policy. (Consult the Student Handbook for more information).

Whether you are writing a paper, compiling a business plan or creating a PowerPoint presentation, it is vital that you properly cite the information that you have used. Information from books, periodicals, online databases, websites, etc. should be cited according to the guidelines of your discipline (usually MLA or APA) or those of your professor.

Learning how to keep your own ideas separate from the ideas of others is an important skill to develop. When you start working in the business world, you don't want to violate copyright. Here is a video from the Copyright Clearance Center about the Basics of Copyright.

Citation Tools

RefWorks & EndNote are productivity tools provided by the Library that you can use to create bibliographies and format research papers in the citation style of your choice (e.g. APA, MLA, Chicago). Please view the RefWorks & EndNote Library Research Guide for more information.

Bentley Writing Centers

Check out these on-campus resources!

Online Citation Guides

We highly recommend the following online style guide web sites: ‚Äč

For more information about all the types of citation styles please consult citation manuals in the box below.

Citation Manuals

The following citation & style manuals provide the guidelines for formatting your paper and citing your resources.