Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Whenever you use someone else's material in your work, you use a citation to tell:
  • who that person was, 
  • what the material was, and 
  • where/how  that material can be found.
Citation styles are prescribed ways of indicating all this information. There are hundreds of styles. APA and MLA are just two of them. As you proceed through your college career, you are apt to be called on to use one or the other, if not both of them.

You can view examples of citations for books, journal articles, encyclopedia entries, websites, and more on our Citing Sources pages. We also have the style manuals for each on reserve at the check-out desk for in-library use:
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th edition)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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