I Cite My Sources as I Search
I need to cite my sources as I add them to my research log. Sometimes the database will provide a suggested citation for me to use, but I should always compare the suggested citation against a standard (a style guide) and make any changes necessary.
There are multiple citation styles, so I need to use only the style designated by my professor.
- AMA Style = American Medical Association Ref R119 .A533 2009
- APA Style = American Psychological Association Ref BF76.7 .P83 2010
- Chicago Style = Ref Z253 .U69 2010 (also known as Turabian) Ref PN171.F56 T8 2007)
- CSE/CBE Style = Council of Science Editors/Council of Biology Editors Ref Z250.6.B5 .S386 2006
- MLA Style = Modern Language Association Ref LB2369 .G53 2009
Step 6: Using MLA Style to Cite Sources
In English 102, I will use the MLA Style for my citations. There are lots of different sources for help:
- The English textbook: Perspectives on Argument by Nancy Wood (dark blue pages). On reserve
- The English textbook: Easy Writer by Andrea A. Lunsford (orange pages).
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition. Ref LB2369 .G53 2009
- Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
- Calvin College: Hekman Library: Knight Cite
- Various databases have "suggested" citations
I cite my sources to:
- Indicate that the information/idea was developed by someone else and is not my original work.
- Add authority and credibility to my argument.
- Allow other people to look up the information in the original source and verify my work.
If I don't cite, I am plagiarizing!
Test Your Skills!
- APA and MLA Citation Game
- Norton/Write: MLA Citation Practice Drills
- Irvington High School: MLA Annotated Bibliography Practice