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 in APA style. Cite information resources and create a reference list. 


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 (in a reference list).


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 & ethical 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.

What is a credit source?

This website, developed by former researchers at the European Informatics Institute and MIT, explains what credible sources are and how to distinguish among sources as to their credibility. 

Business Library Workshops

Register for and learn more about Business Library workshops, led by Business Library librarians, that focus on the information you will need to successfully complete your research.

Business Library Workshops: