The readings and quizzes on this page should take approximately 5 minutes.
What is a Citation?
A citation is a reference to the source of an idea or piece of information. Your citation should allow anyone who sees your reference list to be able to find the original source. Typically, citations include information such as author, title, date, website URL, etc.
Whenever you get information from a source, quote it, or base your ideas on another person's work, you must document the source you used in an accepted citation style.
When and How to Cite
Learn proper quoting and paraphrasing techniques by clicking through the box on the left, and then test yourself with the questions in the box on the right:
Keep Track of Where You Found Your Information
Here are some tricks that will help:
1. TAKE NOTES as you read an article (rather than copying and pasting directly from the web to your assignment). Rewriting an author's words in your own words helps you organize, retain and understand the material you are reading. Make sure your notes clearly identify what information you found where, and what you have written in your own words versus what is a direct quote.
2. When you print articles from the web, make sure that a full URL is included on the printed copy.
There are many different style guides for citations. The most commonly used style guides at Okanagan College are MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and Chicago.
The Library has online citation guides for APA, MLA, Chicago, AAA, and IEEE.
These are great resources for finding out citation rules and contain examples of the most commonly used citations!
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