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Citation Guide (MLA and APA)

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

Purdue OWL

Purdue OWL is the comprehensive guide to Citations.

OWL MLA general formats for citation resources.

OWL MLA sample paper.

OWL APA general formats for citation resources.

OWL APA sample paper.

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Use the database Cite tool!

Many Library research databases have a feature that creates citations. Look at the top header (in Gale dbs) or the right menu (in EBSCO) for the Cite function. Then choose the citation format you need. Be sure to proofread the citation offered. Ask a librarian for additional help!

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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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