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Plagiarism: Citation Examples

This guide will explain what plagiarism is and how you can use correct citations to give proper credit to your sources.

Citation Handbooks

Help from Purdue OWL

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab is the best citation resource online.  See their MLA and APA pages below for more examples.

MLA (7th ed.) Citation Examples

Here are a few examples of MLA citations for various types of sources.  For more examples, see Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide.  Use the left navigation pane on that page to find the type of source that you want to cite.


Journal Article in a Database

 

Agar, Michael. “Telling It Like You Think It Might Be: Narrative, Linguistic Anthropology, and the Complex Organization.” Emergence: Complexity and Organization 7.3-4 (2005): 23+. Academic OneFile. Web. 26 June 2008.

Information to Include:

 

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Journal vol #.issue # (year): page numbers. Name of Database. Medium. date accessed.


Book

 

Fridell, Ron. Capital Punishment. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 2004. Print.

Information to Include:

 

Author. Book Title. Publication City: Publisher, year of publication. Medium.


Single Work in an Anthology

 

Males, Mike. "The Media Exaggerate the Problem of Youth Gun Violence." Guns and Violence. Ed. Laura K. Egendorf. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005. 54-61. Print. Current Controversies.

Information to Include:

 

Author. "Title of Work." Title of Book. Editor or Compiler. City of Publication: Publisher, date of publication. page numbers. Medium. Series title (if applicable).


Website

 

Travel and Tourism Annual Data for South Carolina (2007). South Carolina Statistical Abstract. S.C. Budget and Control Board, Office of Research and Statistics. 2009. Web. 10 June 2009.

Information to Include:

 

Name of author/compiler. Title of the work. Title of the overall Web site if distinct from title of the work. Version if given. Publisher of Web site (if not given, use N.p.). Date of publication (if not given, use n.d.). Medium of publication. Date of access.

APA Citation Examples

Here are a few examples of APA citations for various types of sources.  For more examples, see Purdue OWL APA Formatting and Style Guide.  Use the navigation pane on the left side of that page to find the type of source that ou want to cite.


Articles (Print or Online)

 

Schucker, M. M., Ratcliffe, S. J., Grooms, R. W., & Deatrick, J. A. (2011). Diabetes risk factors in children: A partnership between nurse practitioner and high school students. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, 36(1), 56-62. doi:10.1097/NMC.0b013e3181fc0d06

 Information to Include:

Author's last name, First initial. Second initial. (year of publication). Article title with only first word capitalized. Journal Title in Italics with All Major Words Capitalized, volume#(issue#), beginning page# - end page#. doi:xxxxxx (if listed)

 

Note: If a DOI is not given, simply omit it and end the citation with the page numbers.


Book with an Author

 

Egeland, J. (2012). A billion lives: An eyewitness report form the frontlines of humanity. New York, NY: Simon & Schster.

Information to Include:

Author's last name, First initial. Second initial. (year of publication). Book title in italics with only first word capitalized. City of publication, 2-letter state of publication: Publisher.


Book with an Editor

 

Aronson, J., & Aronson, E. (Eds.). (2008). Readings about the social animal (10th ed.). New York, NY: Worth.

Information to Include:

Author's last name, First initial. Second initial. (Eds.). (year of publication). Book title in italics with only first word capitalized (# ed.). City of publication, 2-letter state of publication: Publisher.


General Website

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012, July). Diabetes public health resource. Retrieved from www.cdc.gov/diabetes

Information to Include:

Organization Name or Author’s last name, first initial. (year of publication, month of publication). Title of page in italics with only first letter capitalized. Retrieved from www._________