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STEP 9

Cite Your Sources

An essential part of a research paper is the Works Cited page. This is where you will give credit to and acknowledge the authors and sources of the information you used to complete your research. The list is made up of citations, which are references. A reference gives the reader (your instructor) enough information to locate the book, article, or Web site you used. Works Cited pages follow a very structured form. Most instructors require that students format citations according to guidelines from:

MLA - Modern Language Association
• APA - American Psychological Association

NOTE:
Read your assignment to determine which guidelines to use. For the MLA formats most frequently used by Rio Hondo College Students, go http://library.riohondo.edu/research_help/Citing_Sources/index.htm

This Web page is also available as a handout from the Reference Room on the 2nd floor of the RHC Library. Additional MLA formats are found in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers and at the MLA Web site at http://www.mla.org.

For the APA formats use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or see the APA Web site at http://www.APA.org.

NOTE: To make your creation of the Works Cited page easier, always make copies of the title page and copyright page for books. Keep printouts of Web sites and articles found in online databases (ProQuest, SIRS, etc.)

Ask Yourself:
Do I need a Works Cited page, a list of sources used, or a bibliography for my research paper?

Then Do This:
• Review your assignment. Ask your instructor if you are not sure.

Ask Yourself:
Where can I find examples of MLA formats?

Then Do This:
• Use the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (REF LB2369.G53).
• Go to the Rio Hondo College Library Web site at http://library.riohondo.edu/research_help/Citing_Sources/index.htm

• Go to the MLA Web site at http://www.mla.org

Ask Yourself:
Where can I find examples of APA formats?

Then Do This:
• Use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (REF BF76.7.P83) or see the APA Web site at http://www.apastyle.org/elecref.htm.
 

 

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