Citation Help Research Guide

Access to resources to assist with citation and writing

Description: Citation Help Research Guide

Cox Business School faculty generally accepts scholarly papers formatted to APA or MLA styles. Cite information resources and create reference or works cited lists. 


Author, date, title and publication/retrieval information

Citations help readers find sources used and provides evidence of an author's research.

Citations give appropriate credit to the original author(s) of a particular work - whether it comes from a web page, journal article, email, podcast, blog, book, newspaper, oral interview, music lyrics, or a movie.  It is a standard for all scholarly writing and publications.


  • Gather your research
  • Keep a list of all sources used
  • Document/Cite your information sources within your paper to avoid plagiarism.  

You must cite all sources used such as quotes, paraphrases, ideas, or data within your paper (in-text citations) and at the end of the paper as a reference.


United States copyright law requires attribution of ideas or quotes taken from another person's ideas - written or oral or another format. Failure to cite all sources is considered theft of intellectual property.  It has many consequences ranging from violation of the SMU Honor Code, academic & ehtical integrity to legal consequences of plagiarism from the copyright owner (generally an author or publisher).   


Financial Times

Please note:

Financial Times charts cannot be used in presentations.

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