Not just a good idea…it’s the law
When you quote or paraphrase the work of other people, you need to give them credit. Citation usually means adding a page at the end of your paper or report that lists all of the sources you used. You may hear it referred to as a bibliography, works cited, or research sources page. If you have properly cited your material, the reader can easily identify the original source and do further research, if desired.
Save yourself time
- Write down the citation information about your sources (title, author, publisher, etc.) as soon as you find them. This will save you time later.
- Don’t forget page numbers for articles or if you plan to directly quote from any work.
- If you photocopy articles or pictures, be sure to get all the necessary information about the source. One great way to do this is to photocopy the title page of the book or the cover of the journal.
- If you are using data from a website, make a note of the date you visited—you’ll need this later.
Citation Guides (with examples!)
The library has citation booklets for you to use—just ask at the Reference Desk.
- NoodleBib. NoodleBib, a product of Noodle Tools, is an online tool that helps you create citations for your bibliography page.
- Everyday Writer, 4th Edition. This is the companion website to the college's Everyday Writer handbook.
- Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab). A wonderful APA and MLA style guide with examples that also has writing tips and general writing help.