Welcome to the Citation Research Guide! This guide is dedicated to helping you navigate the nuances of citing in APA Style, MLA Style, and Chicago/Turabian Style.
Check out each tab to learn more about each citation style, and be sure to click on "Writing and Citating Help" tab at the end to learn some shortcuts for citing your work.
A citation is how you tell your readers (most likely your teacher or your peers!) when certain information in your work comes from another source.
First of all, ask your instructor. While these citation styles all have rules and guidelines, make sure you know what your instructor expects of your assignment. They may want you to follow a specific style, choose your own, or use one with some slight modifications.
The main purpose of citing your sources is so others can find them. While there are a bunch of rules that may seem arbitrary, they're designed to help anyone find a source.
Finding sources to use and writing about them is hard enough! Why do we have to cite those sources and create bibliographies?
Even though it can be challenging, using citations properly is an important part of the research process. It may seem intimidating at first but it isn't too difficult once you get the hang of it. These are some reasons we use citations when we do research:
How exactly do we incorporate a source into our assignment?
All three of these require you to cite the original author! Even when you're putting something into your own words, if you read it somewhere else, you need to cite it!