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Guides and websites to help you develope your works cited page using MLA or APA.
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Citation Help - Style Manuals

John J. Wright Library


What is a Style Manual ?

A handbook or guide that illustrates the accepted format for citing your references in term papers, theses, articles, etc.

The most frequently used styles used for scholarly writing are:

·       APA (Sciences)

·       MLA (Humanities)

·       Chicago/Turabian (Humanities)


Why do you need to cite sources?        
     Style Manuals by Name & Field:
  • Refer a reader to the original source used     
  • Give key background information and data   
  • Document facts presented                               
  • Support or dispute research statement           
  • Avoid plagiarism                                               

  • ACS Style (Chemistry)
  • AMA Style (Medicine)
  • APA Style (Sciences)
  • ASA Style (Sociology)
  • Chicago/Turabian Style (Humanities)
  • MLA Style (Humanities)


**** Always double check the citation requirements on your assignment to ensure you are using the correct citation style. When in doubt, check your syllabus or contact your Professor.



Why Cite? YouTube Video from Dowling College


 Citation Chart from the Purdue Owl



To Cite or Not to Cite . . .

Why Cite

1.    Shows respect for other writers

2.    You respect intellectual property 

3.    You have read and understand the information the writer has given you

4.    It tells your Professor you have taken the time and effort to do research on your topic

5.    You want others to be able to locate the information you gathered

6.    You need to give credit to the writer that has contributed to the success of your paper

7.    You have a connection to the writer

8.    It helps your audience understand your argument

9.    You have integrity  

10.  Gives you credibility 


When Not To Cite

1.    Common knowledge

2     General knowledge

3.    Several sources agree

4.    Ask yourself “does everyone know this?”  Then ask someone else

5.    Basic facts….

6.    Well-known within your field of study

7.    When in doubt….cite


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