Library - Citing Sources

Writing citations can be a challenging experience! It's important to give credit to the authors and sources used in your paper and to avoid plagiarizing.

The links below can help you write citations. Contact the library or the writer's centers for more information.

Purdue Univerity's Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a great source for information about citing sources, paper formatting, and other writing topics.

Here are two other citation styles you may encounter.

MLA Citation

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    A few basics about writing citations?
    Try the library's MLA Citation Handout for help with a Works Cited page, or view some common examples listed below.
    Citing a book
    Citing a selection from an anthology
    Citing an article from a periodical
    Citing a short work from a website
    Citing an article from a database
    Citing legal sources

    A more extensive list of examples?
    See Diana Hacker's MLA supplement for the 7th edition Works Cited guidelines and examples.

    To quote or paraphrase another author's ideas?
    Those are called In-text Citations.

    Help with layout or formatting questions?
    See a MLA Sample Paper or MLA formatting guide.

    An online tool that will help you write MLA citations?
    Try Noodlebib Express. You'll answer a series of questions about your sources and a citation will be automatically written. Verify it for accuracy and copy/paste it into your paper.

APA Citation

Do you need ...

    A few basics about writing citations?
    Try the library's APA Citation Handout for help with a Works Cited page, or view some common examples listed below.
    Citing a book
    Citing an article from a periodical
    Citing a section in a web document
    Citing an article from a database
    Citing legal sources

    A more extensive list of examples?
    See Diana Hacker's APA List of References guidelines and and examples.

    To quote or paraphrase another author's ideas?
    Those are called In-text Citations.

    Help with layout or formatting questions?
    See a APA Sample Paper or APA formatting guide.

    An online tool that will help you write APA citations?
    Try Noodlebib Express. You'll answer a series of questions about your sources and a citation will be automatically written. Verify it for accuracy and copy/paste it into your paper.

    Need a DOI Number (Digital Object Indicator)?
    Go to Crossref's Free DOI Lookup to find it. This 4 minute video explains how to find a DOI and how to use it.