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MLA & APA Citing Sources Guide: General Citation Information

This guide will give you a brief introduction to citing sources, web resources for further citation help, and a quick look at the most common sources cited in MLA and APA formats.

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:

▪      author

▪      title

▪      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:

Citing Sources (Duke University)

MLA Citation Style (Monroe Comm. College)

APA Citation Sytel (Monroe Comm. College)

Purdue Online Writing Lab (Owl at Purdue)

Citing Your Sources (Univ. of Cal Berkeley)