Citing Sources: Citing Sources

OWL Purdue Citation Style Comparison Chart

Basics of Citing Sources

Different professions have their own requirements for documentation and publish their own style manuals.  At HACC three styles are used by faculty in various disciplines:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Council of Science Editors (CSE)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)

Documenting your sources is a TWO STEP process:

  1. List citations (e.g. author, title(s), publisher, date, pages) for all the works you used in alphabetical order on a separate page at the end of your paper. This list is called a works cited page, bibliography, source list, or references. How you list your citations depends on which style you use. It is important to be consistent in identifying your sources so that another reader can locate the same material.
  2. Identify (briefly in parenthesis) in the paper's text the works you have used.  These are called parenthetical or in-text citations.

For additional help in citing resources, check the following websites: