When you research a topic you may use information from articles, books, or the Web to support your ideas. However, in order to avoid plagiarism, you must credit the original authors of these sources by citing them.
To cite means that you state where you found the information so that others can find the exact item again. In this way, we build upon the ideas and knowledge of other people.
Tips for researching and citing:
There are a number of different styles or formats for citations. The style you use depends upon the subject discipline you are working in. If you are uncertain about which style to use, ask your instructor.
MHC LIbraries maintains detailed guides for APA and MLA citation styles. They may be accessed here:
Each style includes the same basic parts of a citation. These parts may be organized differently for each style.
For a book:
For a journal article:
For a website: