Answered By: Linda Beninghove
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2015     Views: 83

Citing your sources correctly is an important part of writing a paper.  Your professor will probably specify which citation style format he or she would like you to use as you write your paper.  Some popular citation style formats include APA and MLA.  Learn more with the library's detailed resource guide for citing sources and avoiding plagiarism.

A proper citation (sometimes called a reference) will include some or all of the following information, depending on the type of source:

  • author(s)
  • title of article or book
  • title of journal, magazine, or newspaper
  • date of publication
  • volume
  • issue
  • page numbers
  • place of publication

Keep in mind that citing your sources often goes beyond creating a bibliography or works cited list.  You may also be expected to place "in-text citations" directly following a quote or passage from a published source, to show exactly where you quoted the idea or phrase from, and to make sure you are not committing plagiarism.

The Stevens Writing and Communications Center can be a great resource when you have questions about writing a paper and to make sure you're citing your sources correctly.  Walk-ins are welcome or you can choose to make an appointment at the WCC, which is located in Morton 210. 

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