Citing Sources

How to properly cite your sources and avoid plagiarism and improper paraphrasing

Written by Joshua Duvauchelle
Updated over a week ago

Writers must always cite their sources when using wording, ideas, facts, or statistics from somewhere else. We recommend that writers use AP style citations. Other citation styles, like MLA or Chicago, are acceptable when used correctly and consistently throughout the content.

For AP Style citations, follow these principles:

  • Hyperlink to the source you used within the content

  • Put exact wording from a source in quotation marks

  • Do not include a reference list

AP Style citation examples

  • "According to HubSpot, URLs should be short, include no more than one or two target keywords, and be readable for humans in order to optimize them for SEO."

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