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How to Cite Your Sources

How to Cite Your Sources

These sites will help you put together your Sources Cited page


The Modern Language Association (MLA) Style is generally used for identifying research sources used in writing essays, articles, term papers or books.  One reason for having citations is to leave a trail of clues for interested readers. When you list sources properly, you allow others a way to find those sources you have used. Another reason for the use of the citation is to support ethical responsibility and academic uniformity. When you don’t cite and document your sources thoroughly, you run the danger of plagiarism (stealing the intellectual work of others).The Hekman Library of Calvin College)  An online tool that creates your citations for you.


  • Landmark’s Son of Citation Machine:  An online tool that creates your citations for you.  It will do MLA, APA, and Chicago styles - just select which one you want, then read the instructions and choose the format you want (on the left in red).




APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. The most difficult part to mastering APA Style is understanding the requirements for citing and listing secondary sources accurately. It is important that you refer to your sources according to APA Style so those reading your project can quickly follow the citations to the location you got your information from.  From there, they can locate any sources that might be of interest to them. 

  • OWL (Purdue University Online Writing Guide):  A very extensive and thorough site on both APA and MLA procedures.  This link will take you directly to "in-text citation basics."  On the left of this site are links to the various format forms.