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Cite Your Sources

Citing sources allows readers to trace the ideas, papers or other scholarly works that influenced the writer. If you use someone else's words and ideas and claim them as your own, you are plagiarizing. The HVCC Plagiarism Policy defines plagiarism, how to prevent it and its consequences.

There are many bibliography styles — use the one requested by your professor. Below are some tools to help you create perfect citations and bibliographies.


Modern Language Association (MLA) – use the 7th edition (2009)

Guide for Citing Resources MLA Style
Tip sheet using MLA 7 produced by HVCC Librarians

YouTube: MLA Style Essay—Word Tutorial
Video with instructions for setting up your paper in MLA format

MLA Citation Examples
HVCC Writing and Research Center gives examples of how to cite common sources

Sample Paper using MLA
HVCC Writing and Research Center sample document in MLA 7 format

Documenting Sources, MLA style
Research and documentation online from the Hacker Handbooks

OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Excellent writing and style guidance from Purdue University

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research PapersMLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) 2009.
Available in the Marvin Library: Ref LB2369 .G53 2009


American Psychological Association (APA) — use the 6th edition (2010)

Guide for Citing Resources APA Style
Tip sheet for APA 6 produced by HVCC Librarians

YouTube: APA Format Citations-Sixth (6th) Edition
Video with instructions for setting up your paper in APA format

Documenting Sources, APA style
Research and documentation online from the Hacker Handbooks

OWL APA Formatting and Style Guide
Excellent writing and style guidance from Purdue University

APA Citation Examples
HVCC Writing and Research Center gives examples of how to cite common sources

APA Sample Research Paper
HVCC Writing and Research Center sample document in APA format

APA Sample Paper for Publication
HVCC Writing and Research Center sample document in APA publication format

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) 2010.
Available in the Marvin Library: Ref BF76.7 .P83 2010


Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) — use the 16th edition (2010)

The Chicago Manual of Style Online
Quick guide from the source itself

Documenting Sources, CMS style
Research and documentation online from the Hacker handbooks

OWL Chicago Formatting and Style Guide
Excellent writing and style guidance from Purdue University

Chicago Manual of Style Citation Samples
HVCC Writing and Research Center gives examples of how to cite common sources

Chicago Manual of Style Sample Paper
HVCC Writing and Research Center sample document in CMS format

The Chicago Manual of Style. (16th ed.) 2010
Available in the Marvin Library: Ref Z 253.U69 2010


American Sociological Association (ASA)

American Sociological Association Quick Style Guide
Quick guide from the source itself.

Purdue Online Writing Lab
Excellent writing and style guidance from Purdue University

Wayne State College Style Guide
Fourth edition citation style examples.


Vancouver Referencing

Vancouver Referencing is a numbered referencing style used most commonly in the allied health sciences. It is also referred to as Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts.

Overview of Vancouver Style
HVCC Writing and Research Center provides an overview of Vancouver style.

Vancouver Style
Gives examples of reference types, internal citations and reference pages

Vancouver Referencing - Journal Article
Instructions on how to cite a journal article from a library database

Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (Also known as Vancouver Referencing)
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample References; from the National Library of Medicine / National Institutes Health

Four Steps to Vancouver Referencing
An overview of the four steps for creating references - records, organize, cite, and list


Other Formats

American Political Science Association
APSA Style Manual for Political Science Students, last revised August 2006

Documenting Sources, CSE style
Research and documentation online from the Hacker handbooks


Citation Makers

Be cautious when using citation makers or any automated citation tool. They provide a good starting point, but they are not always accurate!

NoodleBib Express
Generates quick citations to copy and paste in alphabetical order

EasyBib
Automatic bibliography composer for MLA

Citation Builder
Creates citations that can be copied and pasted