Purpose of Citing
To "cite a source" is to tell a reader of your paper where you got a specific quote, fact, graphic, or idea from. This allows the reader to check up on your information and make sure you have:
- drawn on authoritative sources
- used them fairly
- copied from them accurately
- included all important details
- interpreted them correctly
Basic Parts of a Citation
Although different citation styles require varying info, the basic building blocks of a citation are usually the same:
MLA and APA
MLA and APA are the names of two different citation systems. There are many others (AP, Chicago/Turabian, legal) but these are the two most used at Lake Land.
APA is from the American Psychological Association and used mostly in the social sciences
MLA is from the Modern Language Association and used mostly in the humanities
For more details on the differences between MLA and APA, click here.