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FAQs about Citations
This guide is meant to assist you in citing source material using the most commonly used citation styles. This guide is meant only as a starting point and is, by no means, inclusive.
What is a citation? Webster's Dictionary defines "citation" as the act of citing a passage from a book, or from another person, in his own words; also, the passage or words quoted; quotation.
What is a bibliography? The American Heritage Dictionary defines "bibliography" as a list of writings used or considered by an author in preparing a particular work.
How are they different? Often times, we used citation and bibliography to mean the same thing. Sometimes, we also use the terms "reference list" or "works cited." However, technically, a citation is used for something you quote from and a bibliography is a list of every source you use to write your paper -- whether you quote from it or not.
Why should I cite? Well, mainly, because your teacher expects you to. That said, citing your sources also shows that you have done research using authoritative sources. Also, bibliographies act as further reading lists and help guide the reader of your paper to additional sources on that particular topic.
Which style should I use?
Most English classes use MLA 8. Teachers will let you know what style to use. If they don't, here's a general break down:
APA: Psychology, Education and other Social Sciences.
MLA: Literature, Arts and the Humanities
Helpful Websites for Citations and Research
When to Paraphrase:
You may find the following guides also helpful:
Online Writing Lab (OWL) from Purdue University
From Purdue University, OWL provides up to date print and electronic resources on citations and contains useful handouts.
For the OWL handout on MLA style:
For the OWL handout on citing electronic resources:
OWL Powerpoint describing MLA citation style.
OWL In Text Citations Page: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/2/
Taking Notes in EasyBib School Edition: See Librarian to Get Code for Your Account
EasyBib School Edition Instructions (See Getting Started with Easy Bib Tab for more information)
EasyBib School Edition: Keep Track of Citations and Notes
1. Go to www.easybib.com/register to create an account. See Ms. Crawford for Coupon Code
2. Create a new project with a title and MLA 7. Click on Bibliography under your project name when you find a source to cite.
For Virtual Notecards:
- Click on Notebook under your project title and copy and paste the text from the article (or type the text from a book) into the quote box. Make sure to add quotation marks before and after, and a page number if one is available
- Now or later, you may go back to Paraphrase the quote and add a heading in Title. The Organize option allows you to set up groups or color code items.
Outline in EasyBib:
On the right side of the page, you may create an outline with bullets, and drag your notecards into the outline.
Notes to Remember in EasyBib.com:
Cite Sources with EasyBib
Use this for a quick way to make a citation. If you have an EasyBib Account, make sure you sign in to save your source.
Saving Your EasyBib Works Cited as a Word Document
Saving Your EasyBib School Edition Works Cited Page as a Word Document
After you have added your citationis to your EasyBib Account, click on Bibliography.
Hit "Print as a Word Document"
Click on "Download Your Bibliography for MS Word
Save As under your student number and name the document (with the date, in case you make changes in future drafts).
How to Create a Hanging Indent for Works Cited Page
The full citations will be listed at the end of the paper under "Works Cited." All lines in a citation other than the first are indented 5 spaces. This is called a "hanging indent."
If you already tried to indent the second line, delete any spaces you put in so that your citation is not indented on the second line. It should look like this example:
Tull, Laura. "The Best Article Ever Written by a Librarian." Journal of the Truly Amazing Librarian 3.2 (2011): 351-59. Print.
- Highlight the the entire citation.
- Make sure you are on the "Home tab" and then click on Paragraph.
- In the paragraph window that pops up, drop down the Special: menu and select: Hanging indent.
- Click on OK and the second line will indent.
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