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Citing Sources

When you use the words or ideas of another person in a research paper you must give credit to the author by citing your source, both parenthetically (within your document) and in your Works Cited List. There are variety of very specific styles that have been established to do this; you should check with your instructor to find out which style is required for your course. The MLA (Modern Language Association) and the APA (American Psychological Association) styles are commonly used at St. Mary's, and style manuals for each are on reserve at the Circulation Desk.

  • Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)-- Link to the online writing resource which you will use in your writing intensive classes
  • KnightCite--from Calvin College. Enter the information from your citation into the form, click the "Submit" button, and you will get a formatted citation for your Works Cited List. Choose MLA, APA, or Chicago style.

While these manuals give you very detailed information and include a large number of examples, you will also find information and examples on the sites offered below.

Citation Help from Library Databases

ProQuest, Gale's InfoTrac, EBSCO, and CQ databases among others provide citation information based on a format of your choice while you are viewing a document or article. Just copy and paste the citation into your Works Cited List . Be sure to check to make sure the citation format matches the format prescribed by your instructor or style manual.