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COMP 280 - Business Writing

Fall 2022 - Prof. Pamela Todoroff

Hyperlink Citations

For this class, you will be using hyperlink citations rather than a particular citation style (such as APA, MLA, or Chicago) for some of your assignments. Even when you are using hyperlinks to cite, you will still need to make sure you are completely and accurately attributing your work. 

A hyperlink citation is when you directly link to the source you are referencing within the text of your work, like this

Creating Hyperlink Citations

Adding hyperlinks to your text is very simple. If you are using Word or Google Docs, you can simply highlight the text you'd like to link, right click, and select "link." Then add the URL in the box that opens: 

Adding a link to text


You can also use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+K" to add the link even faster.

Off Campus Linking Tool

Use the Off Campus Link Tool to make sure that your links work. This tool converts your links to make it possible to open the resource off campus. Use the link tool if you are referencing a source that you accessed through the library, such as an article you found through Mardigian Search or in a library database.

Keep in mind that typically copying and pasting the URL you see at  the top of your page will not work since they are not stable URLs. See the information on the Off Campus Link Tool webpage to make sure you are using a stable URL. 

One way to double check your URLs is by opening your link in an incognito window.

The off campus link tool is embedded below: 

Brief Overview of APA Citations

For your literature review, you will need to use APA citations. Citing your sources accurately and completely is essential for avoiding plagiarism and allowing others to follow along with your work. When you use someone else's words or ideas, you should create both an in-text citation within the body of your paper and a references list citation at the end of your paper. 

There are a number of resources available to help in creating your citations. Two good sources include: 

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