Keep track of the sources you use for your research so you can cite them in your paper and bibliography. It is very important to cite your sources to provide appropriate credit for the ideas of other researchers to avoid plagiarism. You will create a citation whenever you use the words (direct quote) or ideas (paraphrase) from another author. Failing to do so is a violation of the K-State Honor Code.
Many databases have a "cite" link on the records that will help you create a citation in the appropriate format, like this one in Communication and Mass Media Complete:
You might want to consider using a biblographic management tool to help you collect your citations and write your bibliography. RefWorks is the one that is provided and supported by K-State. It will save you lots of time in writing your bibliographies, but be sure to proofread - it isn't perfect! Once you have logged into RefWorks, there are great tutorials under its "help" tab, and more information and tips on the RefWorks tab of the Citations and Bibliographies LibGuide.
Find more citation tools on our Citations and Bibliographies LibGuide.