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Career Resources: Citations

How to use the library to find resources on your career.

Citing Your Sources

Once you have written your research paper, you will need to make sure that you give credit to all of the resources you used.

This means that you have to say where you got the information that was used in your paper.  This is called a citation.

A citation usually includes information such as the authors name, title of the book, or article and journal, publisher, date, and more.

This information allows the instructor to know where you found your research.

Your instructor will tell you what style of citation they want you to use for their class.  The two most popular styles are MLA and APA

If you are not sure what style your instructor wants you to use, check your syllabus or ask them. 


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Your instructor may refer to your citation page as a "Works Cited" page or a "Bibliography."

If your instructor requests an Annotated Bibliography, this means that you cite your source and then write a few sentences after the citation summarizing and evaluating the resource. Each instructor may ask for different information in the annotation, so make sure you ask your instructor for more information.


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