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Citation Guides

Citation help for the major citation styles

Citation Guide

Citation Resources

There are several different ways to cite resources in your paper, most of which have been standarized and approved by professional or educational organizations such as the American Psychological Association for APA or the Modern Language Association for MLA.  The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:

  • MLA style is typically used by the Humanities (Art, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Religion).
  • APA style is often used by Business, Law and the Social Sciences (Education, Psychology, Sociology).
  • Chicago/Turabian is generally used by History and some of the Fine Arts.
  • AMA style is used by most of the Medical Field.

IMPORTANT: Check with your instructor to make sure you use the style they require. And whatever style you choose, BE CONSISTENT!

In-Text Citation Resources

Citation Resources

In-Text Citation Resources

Notes and Bibliography

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Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the act of using someone else's words or ideas without giving them credit, either intentionally or unintentionally. Citing the source of information or ideas you have included in your work through the use of citations can help you avoid accusations of plagiarism.

Some professors distinguish between intentional and unintentional plagiarism, but the consequences can be equally unpleasant. Consequences can include redoing the assignment, getting a zero on the assignment, failing the course, and being expelled from the college.