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About Citations


► Citing is the process of giving credit to the sources you used to write your paper. This is important for a number of reasons: 


1) Citations give credit to the original creator of the work. If you don't do this, you could be plagiarizing

2) Citations support your argument by backing up your information with reliable resources

3) Citations show the reader exactly where your information came from


Citation Style Guides


► Select from the above guides for help in citing your sources. Purdue OWL reviews all citation styles


►While each citation style is different, they all contain standard elements that can be used to identify the resource:


MLA Citation Example (Book):
In-Text Citation
  • Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York, Ballantine Books, 2009 


(Angelou 14). 
APA Citation Example (Book): 
In-Text Citation
  • Angelou, M. (2009). I know why the caged bird sings. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks.
(Angelou, 2009, p. 14).
Author or editor name(s)
Titles of books, articles, and journals
Date of publication
Page numbers
Volume and issue numbers (for articles)



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