Answered By: Cathy Goodwin
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2015     Views: 26


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If you are using someone else's ideas in a paper you are writing, you should properly document the sources to give the author proper credit and to provide to readers the source information so they can look it up. Usually you need a Works Cited page or bibliography at the end and in-text citations throughout the paper.

In-text citations are often parethentical (MLA and APA) or can be in notes style (Chicago). These are used after direct quotes or paraphrases of another author's ideas so the readers know where they can find the source.

A Works Cited page consists of the works you cited in the text (the in-text citations). It is usually at the end of the paper.

There are a variety of different citation styles. Three of the main ones are MLA, APA, and Chicago. Although these styles are often associated with certain disciplines (MLA for english, APA for nursing, Chicago for history, etc.) it is up to your instructor as to which one should be used for any papers/projects. For examples and additional resources on these citation styles, please view the LibGuides at the links below.