Citing SourcesWhen you use someone else's words or original ideas in a paper, you must give that person credit for their work. This is done either by parenthetical references within the body of your paper or by footnotes. At the end of your paper you provide a "works cited" list of all the books, journal articles, electronic and other information resources that you used in your research.
There are a number of standard ways to cite your sources. The goal is to provide enough information so that the reader of your paper can locate all the resources you consulted (whether in print, on the Internet, or on another electronic source such as a CD).For PRINT resources, these are the important elements to document:
- Author(s) or editor(s) name(s)
- Title of the book
- Place of publication
- Date of publication
For ELECTRONIC resources, these are the important elements to document:
- Author name (if given)
- Title of work
- Group responsible for the site (if applicable)
- Date site was last updated
- Date you accessed the site
- Address of the site (URL)
This site builds citations for you based on the information you provide. You can create a free account to store your Works Cited pages.
This site lets you insert a URL to determine MLA format. It will also build a citation based on information you provide.
This site lets you choose what type of source you want to cite (for example, magazine article, web page, book) and then builds a citation based on information you enter.
This site provides examples of how to cite a number of different types of sources, and also provides information on nature of plagiarism and how to avoid it.
This link will take you to information on MLA-style, but it also has sections on APA. It is a great guide to updated citation information