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Using Sources: Evaluating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

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Two Types of Citations

There are two types of citations.

  • In-text citations appear throughout your paper at the end of a sentence you are citing. They tell your reader where you found the information used to come up with a particular idea.
  • Works cited page (MLA) or reference list (APA) citations give all of the information your reader would need to find your source. They appear at the end of your paper as a separate page listing all of the sources you used.

MLA Citations

♦ Works Cited (at the end of your paper)

The works cited page lists all of the sources that you used.

MLA Works Cited Page


♦ In-Text Citations

In-text citations tell your professor which source you used at a specific point in the paper.

In-Text Citation in MLA

The Two Types of Citations in APA

There are two types of citations:

♦ Reference List (at the end of your paper)

The references page lists all of the sources that you used.

Reference List in APA Format


♦ In-Text or Parenthetical Citations (within the paper)

In-text citations tell your professor which source you used at a specific point in the paper.

APA In-Text Citations