Citation Center

When using words or ideas other than your own in your research, it is essential to cite the sources used in your work to avoid plagiarism. If quotes or ideas are not attributed to their respective sources, your paper is plagiarized. For more information about your responsibilities, see LSCC's Academic Integrity Policy.

A citation refers the reader to the original source and must include essential information and specific punctuation. Style guides are sets of standards and guidelines used for making citations. By properly following these guides, you will give credit where it is due and you will avoid plagiarism.


Modern Language Association (MLA) (Tutorials)

The citation guides and sample papers were created using the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers 7th edition and the formatting guidelines on pages 115-122 of the handbook, respectively.

American Psychological Association (APA) (Tutorials)

The citation guide was created using the American Psychological Association Manual of Style 6th edition.

  • APA Citation Guide (PDF)
  • APA Style sample papers are available through APA's website. Students should verify any deviation from this style with their instructor, especially when using any other style guides (such as The Little, Brown Handbook).

Annotated Bibliography

For more information and examples, see the University of Wisconsin's Writing Center.