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Citation is how you give credit to the people whose words, ideas or images you have used in your work. By citing sources, you create a trail for others from your writing to your sources.

trail through forest

Image source: National Park Service www.nps.gov/natt/index.htm

Check with your instructor to verify which style you should use.

  • MLA style (from the Modern Language Association) 

  • APA style (from the American Psychological Association) 

In both styles, you cite your sources twice—once in the text of the paper (in-text citation) and again at the end (on the Works Cited or References pages).

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction (1:55)

Good News: Ready-made Citations

Most of the MCC Library's online databases, as well as its eBook collections, provide you with ready-made citations (MLA or APA). Cut and paste them into your document. Check citation formatting in Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) and add in-text citations, too.

Librarians and tutors in the MCC Learning Commons can help you create citations for sources that you find elsewhere and can review your citations before you submit your work.

Librarians can even help you relocate an article for which you have incomplete information.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is the go-to source for information on formatting research papers and citations. Links to Purdue OWL APA and MLA guides are on the main OWL page and on the APA and MLA pages in this guide.

 

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