IDH 2010: Acquisition of Knowledge (Wilkins)

CITING SOURCES

It is important to cite your sources for a number of reasons:

  • It gives other readers or viewers the information they need to locate the sources you used
  • It ensures that you did not plagiarize or "borrow" someone else's words, thoughts or images 
  • It is required for your class

Citation Styles

There are many different citation styles.  The reason for a standard "citation style" is so that other people can easily locate what you used for your research and information.  By establishing a standard way of "citing" the source, another person can automatically know what part of the citation represents the author, the title of the journal, the title of the article, and the issue, number and year of that journal it was published in, if it is an article published in a journal.

>> Generally, the MLA style manual (MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers) is used for citing materials when doing a research project in the arts and humanities.

MLA Handbook for writers of research papers.  [Print] - Available in the Library.  

Here is a page on the library website with examples of citations in MLA style.

 

>> Generally, the APA style manual (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association) is used for citing materials when doing a research project in the social sciences and hard sciences.

 

 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association  [Print] - Available in the Library.  

Here is a page on the library website with examples of citations in APA style.

RefWorks

Use RefWorks to save the citations to the resources you used and to create a bibliography.

There are several workshops held each semester that will enable you to earn how to use RefWorks.
Click HERE to discover the dates and times of workshops and sign up for attending a RefWorks workshop.


Other Guides:
OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab
This is an excellent source for information about citing sources.