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Mental Health Counseling: Citing Sources

Guide for students in the Licensed Mental Health Certification (LMHC) program.

Citing Your Sources

By citing your sources, you:

  • allow your readers the opportunity to check your sources (giving your work more credibility)
  • give credit to the authors of your sources (avoiding plagiarism)

APA Citations

Please consult the APA Publication Manual even if you use a program to create citations for you.  The citations created by these programs frequently are close, but not exact.  Print copies of the APA Publication Manual are available in the library. The brief document below gives examples of APA references for common types of sources.

Search Tool Citation Generators

Most search tools and databases have options for creating citations (they often need some tweaking, but are a good start)

search tool citation creators


Citation Management

Save your energy. Learn how citation management tools can make your life easier


How to Avoid Plagiairism

Understanding Plagiarism

The Butler University Student Handbook describes University policies regarding plagiarism.

If you need help with paraphrasing in a way that avoids plagiarism, you might want to try this tutorial.


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