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MLA & APA Citation Styles

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.

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).

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