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Citation Guide (MLA and APA)

This guide will help you create citations in MLA or APA format. Use the navigation on the left to learn more.

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Many Library research databases have a feature that creates citations.  Ask a librarian to help you locate this handy tool!

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What is a citation?

A citation is the evidence that you have done research. Citations link your reader to the sources that informed your thinking and show that you are participating in a scholarly conversation. Offering a citation gives your readers and other scholars access to your information sources if they wish to follow-up, or find more information on your topic.

Why should I cite my sources?

  • To demonstrate you have considered others' research
  • To direct readers to additional information
  • To establish credibility as a careful researcher
  • To show professional honesty and courtesy
  • To avoid issues with plagiarism

What about common knowledge?  Are those cited?

  • Common knowledge includes facts that are known by a lot of people and can be found in many sources. An example might be the boiling or freezing temperature of water.
  • Common knowledge can vary between subject fields, so think about your audience.
  • If you have doubts about whether something is common knowledge, ask your instructor or another expert in the discipline.
  • When in doubt ... cite!
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