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PLSC 310 Parks: Citation Overview

Why cite?

The point of citation is to give credit to the author of your sources and explain to your professor where you found the information to support the argument of your paper.


Use EasyBib to help you build your MLA Works Cited list or APA References List!

Citation Introduction

As a college student, you are required to cite all published quotations, ideas, arguments, research and obscure facts that you have used to write your paper. There are two main parts to MLA and APA citation; the in-text citation and the Works Cited/References list. Chicago Style uses footnotes and a bibliography. When using MLA, APA or Chicago, it is important to format your citations exactly as stated paying close attention to punctuation, capitalization and italics.            


Plagiarism is the copying or close imitation of information from a published source.

Plagiarism is not allowed at Cañada College. If a student is caught plagiarizing, he or she could fail the class or even be expelled. To avoid plagiarism you must put quotation marks around information that is directly copied from a sorce and cite all thoughts, ideas, arguments, research, quotations and obscure facts taken from your sources using a recognized citation format like MLA.


Citing legislation

For some of your assignments, you will need to cite legislation like state assembly and state senate bills.

Check The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation at the Cañada College Library reference desk near the other citation manuals, but a few examples are included below. You can also create a free account to gain access to a brief Bluebook style guide here.

First look for your bill or resolution on California Legislative Information. Here you will find information for your citation.To cite federal government sources in APA, consult the Cornell University Library guide here.