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COMM 1321: Business Communication

Introduction to library resources for business research and communication

Why Cite?

Using someone else's words or ideas without giving them credit is called plagiarism. Avoid plagiarism by learning to correctly cite your sources any time you borrow from someone else. The Student Handbook: Categories of Academic Dishonesty outlines how plagiarism is defined at WT.

What is Style?

Writing styles are sets of standards for:

  • How to format a paper: font, margins, structure
  • How to structure citations, both within the text and for the list of sources at the end of the paper
  • The way a paper will be written: grammar, word usage, etc.
  • What counts as evidence in a discipline

Ask your professor what style you should be using! Use the resources bellow for more information.

APA Style

APA Style is used primarily in the social and behavioral sciences, such as Psychology, Sociology, and similar disciplines.

Use the following links from the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) to format your:

  1. APA Paper
  2. Reference List
  3. APA In-text Citations

Additionally, the library has a print copy of the APA manual. See below for further information on finding a copy:

If you're not sure about how to cite sources, contact the writing center or



Citing an Interview

APA style does not put "personal communications" such as an interview in the reference list. A text reference should include the date of the communication, and the person's name. The equivalent in a spoken presentation would be to include those same pieces in your speech.

Sample APA Citations: Cornette Library

Look at the library's citation pages for sample sources cited in both APA and MLA styles.

Note that the newspaper example does not have an author (byline). If you are citing a newspaper article that has an author, the pieces of the citation are in the order:

Author. (Date). Article title. Newspaper Name. p. #.