Citing is more than just being picky about writing. It actually connects us and our writings to the ongoing scholarly conversation that happens around the topics we're interested in.
We cite our sources because it:
The library has updated copies of the major Style Manuals available for you to use. Some copies are limited to use in the library building only, this will be indicated in the Location of the item if it is in the "Reference Collection."
The official style manuals are published by organizations such as the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA), but you can also check OneSearch or Chinook for unofficial yet scholarly guides as well.
In addition to unofficial published guides, there is a lot of information available online. The Purdue OWL site is not official or comprehensive, but it is a credible source of information and very user friendly.