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Citation help

Learn how to cite information sources using MLA and APA style, and how to avoid plagiarism.

What is on these pages?

MLA handbook. Retrieved from http://www.superbookdepot.com/images-super/books/1603290249.jpgAPA Manual. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/images/4200066-475.gifThese pages cover everything about APA and MLA. Learn why and how to cite sources in text, how to create complete entries for References (APA) and Works Cited (MLA) pages, and how to format your research papers in APA or MLA style. You'll also learn best practices for avoiding plagiarism and what it means to join the scholarly conversation as a student at Clackamas Community College!

Why cite?

What is citing? Citing is the practice of giving credit to the information sources from which you’ve taken ideas, paraphrased, quoted, or otherwise used in some way in your paper or presentation.

Why is citing important?
There are four primary reasons to cite your sources. Citing your sources:

  1. Allows your reader to continue learning about your topic by making it easy to follow up with your cited sources.
  2. Strengthens your credibility and argument, because your readers can easily verify the claims you’ve made.
  3. Is an opportunity for you to show how your work builds upon research and ideas that have come before.
  4. Is expected of you. Citing your sources acknowledges the work of others – this acknowledgement is a foundational piece of academic inquiry, learning, and joining the academic conversation.

Learn more by watching CCC Library's online tutorial Joining the Scholarly Conversation.

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