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 that helps readers find sources used and provides evidence of an author's research.
  • Cox Business School faculty generally accept scholarly papers in APA style. Cite information resources and create a reference list. 


  • Gather your research and keep a list of all sources used, utilizing a citation tool 
  • Document/Cite all information sources used 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. Failure to cite all sources is considered theft of intellectual property and has many consequences ranging from violation of the SMU Honor Code, academic & ethical integrity, to legal consequences of plagiarism from the copyright owner.   



Financial Times

Please note:

Financial Times charts cannot be used in presentations.

What is a credible 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.