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How Do I Cite?

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In order to complete your research paper, you must include a list of the sources you used in the research process.

These records are compiled into a list of citations. A citation is the detailed information about the book, article, web site, etc., you used in your research. The citation allows you to credit the authors of the sources you use. Your instructor will indicate which formatting guideline you need to use for your citations (MLA, APA, Turabian, or Chicago Style).

It is important to properly acknowledge credit to your sources. Failing to do so is called plagiarism.

To "plagiarize" means:
[Source: Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary]

  • To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • To use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • To commit literary theft
  • To present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

The Cypress College Library subscribes to a citation builder tool named NoodleBib. NoodleBib helps students create their list of citations (works cited/bibliography) into MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formatting style. NoodleBib prompts the user for the information for each citation necessary to create a works cited list and then creates a document ready to import into Word.

The Cypress College Library has created useful handouts to help guide you through the different citation style. The examples are specific to our library's holdings and databases.

For more detailed information, refer to the full documentation manual in print (in the library) or on the web.

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (MLA) (7th ed.)
MLA web site: www.mla.org

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th ed.)
APA web site: www.apastyle.org

Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago) (15th ed.)
University of Chicago web site: www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian) (7th ed.)
Web site: www.press.uchicago.edu/books/turabian/turabian_citationguide.html

Try the MLA Tutorial provided by Hunter College Libraries at CUNY for help with your citations.

To get started creating a works cited list, click here to access NoodleBib.  For further assistance or explanation, please see a reference librarian.

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