Why should you cite your sources?
Most instructors want to check your sources for currency and relevancy to your topic. In addition, anyone reading your paper can use your "Works Cited" or "References" page as a starting point for their own research.
What do you need to include in a citation?
Your list of references should have all the information required for your reader to locate the sources on his or her own. You should try to include, if available:
▪ publication information (place, publisher, date)
▪ page numbers
▪ Website or database, if it is an electronic resource
APA and MLA Resources in your Library
Citations are usually listed according to a bibliographic style. Two of the most commonly used styles are:
♦ APA style for Psychology and Science classes
♦ MLA style for English Composition and Humanities classes
Other Citing Sources Guides Online
If you have questions about citing a source that are not answered by this sheet and you do not have access to the style manual, try one of these Web sites: