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Why cite?

Citing the people who inspire and inform us is a way of showing respect to the work of others.

Citing is powerful! Citing is good citizenship! And, in academic work, citing is a requirement.

In addition, accurate citations allow readers to locate sources you've consulted, should they want to verify or continue and build upon your research.

Finally, citations form a basis for scholarly communication between you and scholars in your field.  In fact, your work may be read, evaluated, and cited in future research!

Anatomy of a Citation

There are many citation styles, but citations usually include information about the authors, title, and publisher of a work, and the date the work was published and/or accessed. 

Watch this video about the Anatomy of a Citation to learn the basics. 

Introduction to Citation

Citation is Powerful

From #CiteBlackWomen - How one AADS Associate Professor is using social media to energize academia

"After listening to a speaker paraphrase research from her book Afro-Paradise: Blackness, Violence, and Performance in Brazil without citation, Dr. Christen Smith, anthropologist and AADS faculty member, created the Cite Black Women Project in an effort to call attention to the reality that black women have been writing, researching, theorizing, and thought-leading for years without due credit. “As Black women, we are often being silenced, particularly in public spaces. We are often told that we are too loud, too present, too too too... But ironically, alongside being told that we are too visible, we are ignored and silenced. Sometimes it feels like we are screaming in the wind,” says Dr. Smith.

The project’s five resolutions are:

  1. Read black women’s work.
  2. Integrate black women into the core of your syllabus.
  3. Acknowledge black women’s intellectual production.
  4. Make space for black women to speak.
  5. Give black women “the space and time to breathe.”

Although in its early stages of development, Cite Black Women has gained impressive momentum, selling out of shirts at conferences throughout the US and attracting thousands of followers on social media in a short amount of time. (Funds raised through T-shirt sales support the Winnie Mandela School in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, a project of the React or Die [Reaja ou Será Mortx!] Campaign.) To learn more about the project, follow @citeblackwomen on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram."


UT College of Liberal Arts: Accessed 31 Oct. 2018.