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Citations & Avoiding Plagiarism

How to cite sources using MLA, APA or Chicago. Also has resources for understanding and avoiding plagiarism.

First Steps

1st: Choose a citation style.

ex. MLA, APA or Chicago

2nd: Identify what type of resource you are citing.

  • ex. book, magazine, newspaper, interview, online video, email, blog, etc. 

TIP If you are not sure what type of resource you are using Google the title or ask the librarian.

3rd: How did you access the resource?

  • free web  (ex. you found the resource using Google/Bing etc)
  • library database  (ex. you logged in with a username/password)
  • in print, real life (ex. you held the item in your hand / saw in real life)

4th: Find the appropriate formula using the criteria above.

  • ex. MLA - Journal Article in a Library Database
  • ex. APA - Book in Print
  • ex. Chicago - Image on a Website

Humanities/ Chicago Style

Citation makers

ALWAYS check the citation generated against the guidelines given by your instructor.