Citing Sources

Citing/Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

An important part of any research paper is citing sources and formatting.  The library staff is available to assist with MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and any other style.

Another useful, valuable resource is Purdue OWL.  This website includes all of the citation styles and formats for the latest editions of MLA and APA, plus Chicago Manual.  Access the .

Arts and humanities students will most often use MLA in their coursework; sciences (including social science) will use APA.

To review the differences in MLA, APA, and Chicago style manuals, Purdue OWL provides this handy comparison chart: Purdue OWL Citation Chart.

Evaluating Sources

When researching, it is important to know if a potential source is reliable. This is comprised of five sessions that will help you determine if a website is a reliable source. Purdue OWL also has helpful information in s.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Not sure which information and sources you need to cite? Want to make sure that you are giving credit where credit is due? Take a minute to view this presentation on how to avoid plagiarism, created by the Learning Resource Center at Loyola Marymount University:

Avoiding Plagiarism

An important caution about using instant citation tools or web sites

There are many web sites out there which advertise instant formatting of sources.  Beware of these as often the results are incorrect and professors will notice the improper formatting.  The best method is to learn the citation style you will most frequently use; repetition is often the best way to learn this.