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Citing Your Sources   Tags: acs, apa, chicago, citation, cite sources, cse, mla, plagiarism, writing center  

Find out how, when and why you should cite your information sources!
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    This guide shows you how, when and why you should cite your information sources and includes examples of citation styles most commonly used by students at Bristol Community College. The tabs above identify various citation styles; within each tab you will find examples to use as a quick reference. You will also find links to handy online citation tools such as citation generators and reference management programs. For additional information or assistance, ask a librarian (see all the different ways to contact us, in the column to the left) or visit your local BCC campus Writing Center.


      Useful Links

      • Online Writing Lab at Purdue University
        One of the most comprehensive resources available on the web. Provides detailed information and examples of APA and MLA styles; assists all levels of learners in the mechanics of research, writing and grammar.
      • CitationFox  
        Sample citations for a wide variety of source types, created by the University Librarians at SUNY/Albany. The url defaults to APA style format; for MLA format, click the link at the bottom of the page, "CitationFox for MLA."

      Citation Styles

      Why are there different citation styles?

      Depending on the subject discipline, each places a greater value on different components of published works. According to the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University:

      The humanities (especially literature), place emphasis on authorship, so most MLA citation requires recording the author’s name within the physical text. The author’s name is also the first to appear in the “Works Cited” page at the end of an essay. The social sciences place emphasis on the date a work was created; thus, APA citation provides a method for source documentation such that the date is placed immediately after the author’s name in the “References” page at the end of an essay. Scholars focused on history are very concerned with origins of sources, hence the Chicago style format is preferred; in place of in-text citations, it calls for more detailed footnotes and endnotes to identify the source from which a particular piece of information was derived.

      How do I know which style to use?

      Use the style recommended by your professor; if none is recommended, choose a style and stick with it for consistency's sake. Both the Library and the Writing Center have access to style manuals for the major citation styles. Below is a useful video explaining four citation styles:

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