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Citation Guide: Library Citation Resources

Use these links to learn more about properly citing sources you refer to within your research papers or other assignments!

Cite it right!

Any time you use a quote, summarize, paraphrase or any way refer to works created by other authors, you must provide an appropriate citation within your research paper as well as a separate comprehensive Reference (APA) or Works Cited (MLA) page listing all sources used in your work.

There are different citation styles or formats used by authors for their research, such as MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association).

Although MLA format is typically within most diciplines within the liberal arts, always consult your syllabus or ask your instructor to find out which format you need to use to cite your sources.

This guide will provide you with some library resources as well as online websites to help you cite it right!


According to the Encyclopedia Britannica Online, "plagiarism is the act of taking the writings of another person and passing them off as one's own. The fraudulence is closely related to forgery and piracy—practices generally in violation of copyright laws."

It is considered plagiarism when you use another author's work and do not provide a citation or give credit otherwise!

Need help with your research project?

Do you struggle with doing research? Do you have trouble figuring out what resources to consult for research? Are you confused about MLA or APA citation? Then, you should check out the Research Succes Toolkit! The link to this LibGuide below will provide you with a roadmap to complete your next research assignment from start to finish.  

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EasyBib: The Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker

Use EasyBib to import URLs for online sources used or plug in citation information for books, newspapers, journals, databases or many other types of sources. Carefully choose the source you are citing and pay attention to the information you put into EasyBib so the citation will be correctly formatted! When in doubt, check the style handbooks in the library.

Research Strategy Worksheet

Print the worksheet to use for any research project for any class.

Check these out!

Below is a list of reference books located within the MCTC Libraries to help you properly cite your resources.

Videos on Citing Sources

Watch videos created to help you understand MLA and APA citation styles. Headphones are required.