The reason for citing your sources is to give credit to those authors whose ideas you used in your research. Even when you do not quote directly from another work, if reading that source contributed to the ideas presented in your paper, you should include it in your bibliography. If you do not cite the source, you may be guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism is using the ideas and writings of others and representing them as your own.
The two most common guides for citing sources are MLA (Modern Language Association, commonly used in the humanities) and APA (American Psychological Association, commonly used in the social sciences and sciences). Ask your professor which style he or she prefers.
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CSM Library Research Guide - MLA Style
MLA Works Cited format (7th edition)
MLA Works Cited format (6th edition)
Sample "Works Cited" Page (MLA)
CSM Library Research Guide - APA Style
APA References Format
Sample "References" Page (APA)
Citing Electronic Resources
Combating Plagiarism - CQ Researcher
Definition of Plagiarism - College of San Mateo