What is citation?
Citation is a system by which an author provides a list of the sources (a bibliography) they used to create their work - like a research paper, a presentation, an article, or a book. Citations always follow a formal style so they can be read, understood, and followed to the original source by anyone reading the work.
How do I know what style to use?
Your syllabus or assignment should tell you what style to use. If it does not, ask your instructor what they require. Generally, certain styles are used for certain subjects:
What's the difference between a bibliography and "in-text" citation?
Your bibliography is the list of all the sources you used throughout your work, usually on the last page of your paper or presentation. In-text citation is when you note in the body of your paper or presentation when you are using someone else's words or ideas, usually by placing their name and a date and/or page numbers in parentheses, like this: (Smith 137).
Why do we bother citing?
What kinds of sources do I have to cite?
To cite this LibGuide use the following templates:
APA: Northern Essex Community College Library. (Date updated). Title of page. Title of LibGuide. URL
MLA: Northern Essex Community College Library. "Title of Page." Title of LibGuide, Date updated, URL.