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Academic writing generally includes information written by others along with your own analysis and interpretation. It is important to write in such a way that your reader can easily distinguish between your personal contributions and the words and ideas of another. Whether you quote someone directly, or summarize or paraphrase the information, you must attribute the information to the original author. Not to do so, is to plagiarize.
The information you supply within the body of your paper and in the list of references at the end of your paper should allow your reader to easily identify and locate the sources you are using. More information on how to paraphrase and when to cite a source can be found in the guide on Plagiarism.

There are many citation styles from which to choose. Your instructors will often specify a particular style to use, but if not, you must choose and follow a style that is appropriate for the discipline you are writing in. Whichever style you choose, be sure to use the most recent edition of the manual, and use it accurately and consistently.

This guide provides information and examples for citing sources properly according to the following citation style manuals:

  1. American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition
  2. Modern Language Association (MLA), 7th edition

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