English 001 A (Lundberg): Citing Sources

Library Orientation

AVOID Plagiarism

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to the other person.


Paraphrasing without giving credits to the original source

Quoting less than what has been copied

Creating a paper by cutting and pasting phrases, sentences, or paragraphs from other publications

Working on an individual assignment with a partner and turning in identical answers







Why Cite?

You've probably heard this a million times, I know, but it never hurts to hear it again. ALWAYS CITE YOUR SOURCES, WHY?

1) it gives well-earned credit to the author who provided the facts and/or ideas you are using to support your research

2) it allows the reader to identify and retrieve the sources you used in your research, if he/she decides to further explore your topic

3) it gives your paper or argument more credibility because it shows you're supporting your arguments with high-quality sources

Chabot MLA Handout

You will be given a citation handout in class. However, you can access the online version here. Or you can come in and ask the reference librarian for a hard copy of the handbooks.

Citation Generators

North Carolina State University has a good citation generator you can find here.

Again, CHECK YOUR WORK MANUALLY! The citations produced by these generators are only as good as the information you plug in. Be careful to input the correct information.

Get Help

IF IN DOUBT, don't hesitate to contact the LIBRARY (in-person, phone, email, or chat), we can quickly refer to online sources and/or the actual MLA or APA manual to confirm or verify any citation you are having trouble with. I'd also suggest bookmarking the following websites:

MLA Website

APA Website

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)