Why do I have to cite?
There are many reasons why it is beneficial to cite the resources you use in your writing and research. Here are a few:
- To give credit to the author/avoid plagiarism.
- To add support to your arguments/opinions, or to refute the arguments/opinions of others.
- To allow your reader (in this case, your instructor) to locate the resources used in the paper.
There are two main types of citation. One is in-text citation, or parenthetical reference, which goes after each reference within the body of your paper, and a works cited page, or bibliography, which goes at the end of your paper and is a summary of all the resources you used.
Most courses at Hocking College use either MLA or APA format.
MLA Web Resources
APA Web Resources
The following are automatic citation generators. You should always check the accuracy of the citations generated by these sites before using them in your academic work.