Citing sources shows respect for readers, originators of sources, and academic honesty policies. When creating citations, you will use both:
Citations guide readers to the sources from which you summarized, quoted, and paraphrased in your paper.
Created by FCC librarians, the Why We Cite Tutorial is an interactive workshop that will show you:
They can save you time, but check with your professor to make sure it’s okay to use them. They’re not always up to date.
Have a question about how to cite something? Search here or click on a FAQ below.
The MLA style is used mainly in English and other humanities disciplines.
The APA style is used primarily in the social sciences and education fields. These sites also have sample research papers to demonstrate each style:
The Chicago/Turabian style is mainly used in history and journalism.
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