To give credit to your sources, you should use a recognized citation style. Some commonly used styles are APA (American Psychological Association) and MLA (Modern Language Association). The key to citing any source, regardless of the citation style, is to be consistent in style and provide sufficient information for a reader to identify and find the work or cited passage.
This guide has been designed to help you answer these and other questions you might have about how to correctly cite sources.
To cite a source means to quote or assign credit to the originators of the material. Citing your material:
Makes it possible for others using the information to easily find your sources on their own.
Citations allow the ability to cross-reference material in the body of the essay or paper to the works cited page.
Citations show who authored it, where it is found and when it was written or shared publicly.
Demonstrates the credibility of your arguments!
Gives credit to other authors and avoids plagiarism.
Use the flowcharts below to answer these and other questions about when to cite.
Images must be cited like all other resources. If you use an image you did not create, you must provide a citation. Images should be cited in all cases, even those in the public domain. Image citations should include the following information at a minimum: Title; Creator name; Repository information (museum, library, or other owning institution); Image source (database, website, book, postcard, vendor, etc.); Date accessed
Citations can be formatted according to the citation style you are using.