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Stuck on how to format citations for your paper? Look no further! Learn the basics of either MLA or APA styles here.

Citation Styles Guide

APA 7th Ed. Citation Manual and MLA 9th Ed. Citation Manual

This guide is designed to help students navigate citation styles when writing academic papers and learn about the importance of citing one's sources to avoid plagiarism. 

Each academic discipline has its own citation style. Here at LSCO, all of your classes will fall into one of two major disciplines: Humanities, such as English, Arts, Music, or History; and Sciences. Your instructor will tell you which citation style you should use for your class assignments. 

For subjects in the Humanities, refer to the MLA guide (Modern Language Association) for instructions on how to format and cite your papers.

For subjects in the Sciences, refer to the APA guide (American Psychological Association) for instructions on how to format and cite your papers.

Why Do I Need to Cite?

There are many reasons why it is important to cite the resources that you consult when researching a paper. The most important of these are:

  • Gives credit to authors whose works you have used (whether you quote them or not).
  •  Provides a trail by which others can locate the materials you consulted.
  •  Provides evidence of your research.
  •  Properly citing materials is one strategy to help you avoid plagiarizing.



Incorporating Sources into Your Research Paper

This Tutorial is about how to use information sources and how to structure them to support your thesis, whether it be a research paper or presentation. 

Using Voice Markers in Your Paper

Incorporating your research quotes and paraphrasing into your paper can be tricky! Watch this tutorial for a few tips on how to smoothly integrate your research into your paper by using transitional phrasing.