Citing Sources Guide

Most instructors will require you to cite your sources of information (e.g., book, website, personal interview, article or video) in a bibliography or a works cited page, and for good reason. When you cite properly you:

  • Acknowledge those whose ideas and writings you depended on
  • Get credit for doing good research and using quality sources
  • Demonstrate how well you back up your ideas
  • Help readers verify your sources or read more about your topic
  • Relate your writing and ideas to the larger community of people writing on your topic

There are many styles of writing citations, such as the Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), American Medical Association (AMA), Chicago, and Turabian styles. Ask your instructors which style they prefer for your papers. The following are some great web resources on how to cite using different citation styles.

MLA Style, 7th Edition

APA Style, 6th Edition

Try these free citation composers to format your citations:

Warning! Citation writing software may have programming glitches, and if you put in the wrong information in the boxes provided you will get an inaccurate citation. Always check the final product and make the appropriate edits. Also, be careful when saving your work at the online services server, they may loose your saved work. Always save a backup copy on your own computer or disc.

Citation Games Workshop

Summer 2015 LMS


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