WHAT IS A CITATION?
A citation provides the reader with information about your sources, to help the reader find them. Citations usually include such elements as:
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IN-TEXT CITATION: WITHIN YOUR PAPER
As you write, you will create citations in the text of your paper, to let the reader know when you are using someone else's thoughts.
Some styles use footnotes, other styles use endnotes; MLA style uses parenthetical citations.
BIBLIOGRAPHY/SOURCES CITED: AT THE END
At the end of your paper, you'll provide a complete list of all of the sources you used to write it.
Depending on the citation style you're using, this may be called "Bibliography," "References," or in MLA Style: "Works Cited."
Great video from the University of Bergen in Norway (bonus: subtitles!)
MLA Formatting and Style
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
GUIDES IN THE LIBRARY
-- this guide is on reserve: request at the 1st floor circulation desk (call no: LB2369 .G53 2009)
CITE THE INFORMATION IF:
YOU DON'T NEED TO CITE IF:
Still not sure? Check out this page on how to avoid plagiarism.