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Citation Help

RECOMMENDED ONLINE CITATION HELP FOR APA:

• APA Formatting and Style Guide
from Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)

• Research and Documentation Online: APA Style
from Bedford/St. Martin’s

• APA Video tutorial
from the American Psychological Association

• APA Format Citations (6th ed.)
Microsoft Word tutorial video



RECOMMENDED ONLINE CITATION HELP FOR MLA:

• MLA Formatting and Style Guide
from Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)

• Research and Documentation Online: MLA Style
from Bedford/St. Martin’s

• MLA Style Essay Format – Word Tutorial
video



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do I need to cite my resources?
In order to write a strong paper, you need to analyze, discuss and give credit to the research, ideas and theories of scholars in the field of your topic. In your paper you have to acknowlege the person(s) who took the time to research, write and publish the work you are using.

What type of information do I need to cite within my paper?
• Direct quotes
• Theories or ideas you phrased in your own words (a.k.a. paraphrasing)
• Words specific or unique to the author's research, theories, or ideas
• An author's argument
• Historical, statistical, or scientific facts
• Any articles or studies that you have made reference to in your paper

What type of information does not need to be cited?
Common knowledge does not need to be cited. Common knowledge is information that is known by most people or information that is found in numerous texts. At times, it can be difficult to decide whether or not a statement is considered common knowledge. If you are struggling, determine whether or not someone who is well versed in the subject matter would know this information. If he or she would have to look it up, then you should cite the information.

Did you know?

We have the official APA and MLA and Chicago Style manuals in the reference section. Ask at the circulation desk if you need assistance finding these titles:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association:
BF76.7 .C66 2010

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers:
LB2369 .G53 2009

The Chicago Manual of Style: 
Z253 .U69 2010