Citing Your Sources

It’s important when writing a research paper or working on a project to cite your sources. Oftentimes teachers will require that you cite your sources in a particular “style.” The most popular styles for citing sources in your work are MLA style (Modern Language Association) and APA style (American Psychological Association).
Whatever citation style your teacher asks you to use, you will be required to cite your sources within your text and in a bibliography or works cited page. Different types of documents are cited in different ways, which can sometimes be confusing.

You can find a print copy of the MLA Handbook here at the library. For availability, please check the online catalog. For MLA Style basics, you can visit the MLA Style page on the web site for the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois.

You can find a print copy of the APA Manual here at the library. For availability, please check the online catalog. For APA Style basics, you can visit the APA Style page on the web site for the Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois.

For additional information, you may also want to refer to the book Cite It Rite, which covers the basics of several citation styles as well as how to do your research without plagiarizing. Check the online catalog for availability.

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