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Use this guide as a resource when you cite sources.

Citing Sources Style Guides

The information provided in this guide is based on well-established, trusted sources, but the actual style guides are considered the authorities for citation and formatting rules and are available in the library.

Citing Sources Overview

What is a citation?

Citations contain detailed information about the sources you use for your research.  There are a variety of styles used for presenting this information, the most popular at GRCC being MLA and APA. Please consult your professor if you have any question about which style you are to use.  Regardless of which style you use, there are two basic types of citations:

  1. full citations - those you list at the end of your work (such as a Works Cited or References page); and, 
  2. in-text-citations - those within the text of your work. 

The specific information you use in your paper or presentation depends on the citation style being used and the source of the information.  Citations usually include the following, but consult the specific MLA and APA tabs above for more complete information:

  • Author
  • Title
  • Publication info (company, date, etc.)
  • Source info (database, journal volume/issue, pages, etc)

Why use citations?

  1. To allow the reader to find the material you are citing.
  2. To give credit to the person(s) who took the time to make the information available to you.
  3. To make a stronger case for the information you are presenting by backing it up with quality sources.
  4. To avoid plagiarism (see information about Academic Honesty at GRCC here).

If In Doubt...

There's a lot to making citations, so if at any point you have questions, feel free to:

Ask a librarian.

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