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Creating Works Cited or Bibliography

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For help with all stages of the writing process, visit The Studio ICC's writing lab.

East Peoria Campus, 238A
(309) 694-5292

Peoria Campus, Student Center
(309) 690-6809

For assistance please make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Why Citations and Works Cited/Bibliography?

Your professor has asked you to write a research paper with sources. Now what?  

Do research. You need to read what experts have written on your topic and then incorporate their ideas with your own into your paper.  To show that your are using another person's ideas and work, make a citation.  Citations mark places in your paper where you are using ideas from someone else.

If you use a word-for word quote from a source add quotation marks and a citation.  If you paraphrase from a source, add a citation.

 If you use someone else's idea without citing it, you are plagiarizing.  Plagiarism is academic dishonesty.  Plagiarism will not be tolerated and you can fail your assigmnet or class and you may be dismissed from the college.  

Writing Style Guides

Your professor will tell you a style in which to write your paper.  The most common styles are  MLA (Modern Language Association) or APA (American Psychological Association).

MLA is often used for English papers and in the Humanities.

APA is often used in Social Sciences and Health Careers.

These styles are very different, so know which one you are supposed to use.

Remember to ask a librarian if you need help.