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Citing Your Sources

As an OCC student you are expected to acknowledge the sources you use in your course assignments. This guide provides information on how to cite your sources using two common citation styles, MLA and APA. Explore the blue tabs above for more information on citations.

Why use Citations?

  • Citations give proper credit where credit is due, acknowledging the ideas of other researchers and identifying the ideas that are not your own. This avoids plagarism.
  • Citations show that your work has a factual basis and provide support for your ideas. They demonstrate to the reader you have done your research.
  • Citations provide a bibliography so that others can locate the references you used and read those sources.


What Needs to be Cited?

Use citations ... 

  • Any time you use exact wording taken from another source
  • When you summarize or paraphrase ideas from another source
  • Use another person's ideas  

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Types of Citations

  • The Works Cited, Works Consulted, Reference List or Bibliography page is where you include the full citation of the resources you used in your research.
  • In-Text citations are used when you refer to the work of others within the written part or text of your paperThese lead to the full citation included at the end of your paper in the Works Cited section. 

The two most commonly used citation styles are MLA and APA. Follow the style guide required by your professor.


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