Why do I need to cite my sources?
There are two main reasons to cite your sources when doing research. The first is to give credit to the authors of the works you are using. The second is to provide your readers with a list of additional resources on your topic. Failure to cite your sources results in plagiarism, stealing or passing off another person's ideas as your own. Below is a list of resources to help you create your works cited, bibliography, or references page.
- MLA Style Guide from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
- The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison
- MLA Citation Style from Cornell University Library
- MLA Style, 7th edition from Williams College Libraries
- APA Style Guide from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University
- APA Format for Citing Electronic Resources from the American Psychological Association Publication Manual
- APA Citation Style from Cornell University Library
- APA Citation Examples from the University of Maryland
- KnightCite - Developed by the Hekman Library at Calvin College, KnightCite can create and manage both individual citations and entire bibliographies using MLA, APA or Chicago format.
- Citation Builder - MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.
- Citation Machine - Generates MLA, APA, Chicago, and Turabian citations using your input.
- BibMe - Free citation generator developed at Carnegie Mellon University that produces citations and bibliographies in APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian styles. It has some features not found in other free citation generators, such as autofill and the ability to switch between citation styles.
- Style Wizard - Free site automatically produces MLA or APA style citations for 6 basic types of sources. There is excellent help on each screen to walk users through the process of citing a source.
- Turabian Citation and Format Style Guide - This guide introduces the Turabian format and provides examples of citation styles you might use in research papers.
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab - Over 200 free resources including: writing and teaching technique, research, grammar and mechanics, style guides, English as a Second Language, job search and professional writing.
- Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism - from Duke University
- McGraw Hill's Concise Guide to Writing Research Papers available via CLARA with
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- Webster's New World Student Writing Handbook available via CLARA with barcode authentication required
- Cite Rite: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles - - MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More, available a the HFCC Library - 1st floor - 808.02 L767c or via CLARA with barcode authentication required
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research available at the HFCC Library - 1st floor - 808.06 M11
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association available at the HFCC Library - 1st floor - 808.066 P976