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Citing Sources

A guide to citation styles, citation examples, and understanding plagiarism.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • How do I cite a transgender author's name that has changed?
    • According to the MLA Style Guide: "If you are writing about or working directly with an author whose name changed and you know that they do not use their former name in refer­ences to their work—for example, for trans authors—list their works under the name they use, regardless of the name that appears in the source."
    • According to the Chicago Manual of Style Online: "If possible, contact the author for permission and instructions on cross-referencing or glossing the names. If the author can’t be contacted and it’s important to cite the source, use the author name as it originally appeared, and use your judgment with regard to adding the current name."
    • According to the APA Style Blog: "If the author has used different forms of the same name on different works, then your reference list entries should match the form of the name on the work being cited for reasons of retrievability."