It's important to give credit to others for their ideas and research when we use them. Using other people's ideas or research without credit is plagiarism.
Our readers need to be able to find the original sources we've used to form the argument for our paper. They should be able to check our work to make sure they agree with our conclusions.
Formatting citations correctly is also important, but will vary depending on the citation style your instructor requires. The information below will help you format your citations correctly. "Citation_needed"by Dawihi is licensed under CC PDM 1.0
How to Build a Citation
1. Determine the citation style you will use. Some citation styles are MLA, APA, Chicago, and AMA.
2. Determine the building blocks you will need for your citation. Do you need the author? Do you need a URL or a link? Different source types will require different information for their citations.
3. Collect these building blocks for each source you might use for your paper. (You will have to find citation information in physical sources and websites within their pages, but digital library sources, like articles from databases or eBooks, usually have the citation information collected for you and available through citation tools.)
4. Format your citations, both in text and for your works cited page, according to the style you have chosen or your instructor has assigned.
This tutorial is designed for writers new to APA Style. Learn the basics of seventh edition APA Style, including paper elements, format, and organization; academic writing style; grammar and usage; bias-free language; mechanics of style; tables and figures; in-text citations, paraphrasing, and quotations; and reference list format and order.