This tab contains citation guidelines and examples in both APA and MLA style formats, along with links to other styles and resources on citation styles. The style you should use is usually determined by the discipline or course in which you are working. Ask your instructor what style s/he requires or recommends.
Why Cite Sources? Avoiding plagiarism is the most obvious reason; it also helps you back up your arguments with credible evidence and allows others to track down the same resources.
Before turning in your paper, check for these common citation errors:
Is the list of sources alphabetized?
Are titles capitalized and/or underlined as required?
Is spacing and indenting correct?
Is proper punctuation used?
Citation Formatting Tools
Citation managers are software that keep track of your sources and automatically format your citations in a variety of styles.
EndNote Web - free to CSUN students, staff, and faculty; integrates with MS Word and any browser; can export references directly from many databases
This guide is meant to help you navigate some of the more commonly cited formats using APA style. You should always consult the print guide for additional help. Print guides are avialbale in the library for reference and check-out.