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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

  • Purdue OWL : APA Style Workshop
    From the Purdue University Online Writing Lab, this site includes information on general paper format, examples, and specific tips.
  • APA Tutorial (Univ. of Southern Miss.)
    Test your APA knowledge with this interactive tutorial.
  • Basics of APA Style
    Video tutorial from the APA Homepage. "It shows users how to structure and format their work, recommends ways to reduce bias in language, identifies how to avoid charges of plagiarism, shows how to cite references in text, and provides selected reference examples."

Citation Generators

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.

  • BibMe
    This generator features an "auto fill mode" that searches the Internet to fill in your citation information for you.
  • EasyBib
    This Web resource automatically generates MLA-style citations.
  • KnightCite
    Generates APA, MLA, and Chicago-style citations. From the Calvin College Library.
  • Landmark Citation Machine
    Generates APA and MLA style citations for print and electronic resources.
  • NCSU Libraries Citation Builder
    Similar to Easybib, but generates APA and MLA formats.
  • NoodleTools Express
    Free version of NoodleTools that asks questions to help you generate the correct citation.

Citation Style Guides

Cover Art
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America Staff
Call Number: REF 808.02 G437
ISBN: 9781603290241
Publication Date: 2009

Cover Art
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - American Psychological Association Staff
Call Number: REF 808.06615 P976 2010
ISBN: 9781433805615
Publication Date: 2009-07-15


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