Citations are essential for avoiding various forms of plagiarism and for upholding Victoria High School’s Academic Code of Conduct.
Citations take two forms: a Reference List at the end of a research paper and in-text citations for certain types of information in the body of a research paper. There are several citation styles, but the most common are APA (American Psychological Association) and MLA (Modern Languages Association).
Sources that must be cited not only include books and articles (newspaper, magazines, journals), but also images (works of art, graphics,cartoons) and music/sound files — if you did not create these sources yourself. There are many rules for citation in APA and MLA Style; check your citations before submitting your final draft.
- Create a working reference list by gathering the full citations of each source you use. Use the resources in the Digital Resource Hub; articles within this hub already include a ready-made citation in APA and MLA style.
- Use a citation tool for sources that do not provide built-in citation — for example, library books. Use the information on the first front end papers to gather information about the copyright date, publisher, place of publication, title and author.
- Use a note-taking strategy that helps you paraphrase information and synthesize information from different sources
- for more help and information, use the online guides below or talk to your teacher-librarian Ms. Burleson
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