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Business Research

Introduction to Business Resources

Citing Business Sources

As in any field of study, there are three primary reasons why citations are important in your work:

  1. To give credit to the authors of the materials you used when writing the paper.
  2. To allow readers to follow up on these source materials.
  3. To demonstrate that your paper is well-researched.

The most commonly used citation styles are represented by the following manuals: The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style), The MLA Handbook (MLA style), and The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago style). 

Although there is no "official" style for citing business sources, most Business fields follow APA style. Whatever style you choose or are required to use, use it consistently for the entire project/paper. Take a look at the library's guides to citing sources using common citation styles: Citation Guides and Management Tools Guide.

See the links below for various guides that will specifically direct you in citing business databases and sources:

Academic Writer

Academic Writer is APA's authoritative solution offering you a complete digital environment for teaching, learning, and writing academic papers. You must create an account with your Southern email address.

  • Academic Writer can help you:
    • format your paper,
    • import references from a variety of databases and websites,
    • and easily create reference lists.