Citing sources is an important piece of any research paper. When you cite appropriately, you are:
The specific method for citing sources depends upon the subject area of the class. For example, psychology utilizes American Psychological Association (APA) style. There are three major styles that you will often hear referenced: APA, MLA and Chicago. However, there are also several others, such as Oxford, ASA and CSE.
It's important to follow the citation style that your professor has requested. Style guides are available at libguides.wku.edu/stylewrite.