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SLS 1101 - College Success, Prof. Good: Documenting Sources

Library instruction companion for Pal Good's College Success courses. Includes library project instructions.

Contacting the Instructor

Professor Palmira Good
Pgood@polk.edu

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Why We Cite?

Why do we "Document" or "Cite" sources?

Whenever you base your ideas on another person's work or quote someone, you must document the source you utilized. Even when you do not quote directly from someone elses' work, if reading that source contributed to the ideas presented in your paper, you must give the proper credit to the author.

A properly formatted works cited or references page:

  • Shows readers the sources you consulted 
  • Gives credit to the authors for their ideas 
  • Demonstrates that you have researched a variety of sources 

By following these guidelines included in the resource below, you avoid plagiarism.


Plagiarism is the act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of the author's work as one's own, as by not crediting the original author.


Follow the link below, to learn more about MLA & APA citation guide lines and other tools to help you document.

Documenting Resources (Citations)

Free Online Citation Tools

Easybib - EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use and educational. EasyBib is not only accurate, fast, and comprehensive, but helps educators teach and students learn how to become effective and organized researchers. (Free MLA, registration required for APA & Chicago.)


Tips for Citing

At Polk State College Libraries, Winter Haven and Lakeland campuses, we have take home guides, books and online resources to help you cite correctly.  Please visit us online or in person to access them.

Basic Rules for citing in MLA

Alphabetize citation list. Do not consider A, An or The at the beginning of a title.

Double space work cited page.

Italicize titles, including any subtitle(s).

Capitalize words First, Last and all Principal words in titles.

Article or books without an author or editor, begin the entry with the title.

Create hanging indents for records longer than one line. (keyboard shortcut: Control + T)

Online sources: citations include publication date for source and the date you accessed them (keep track of dates you visit web sites)

Free Online Citation Tools

Easybib - EasyBib is an intuitive information literacy platform that provides citation, note taking, and research tools that are easy-to-use and educational. EasyBib is not only accurate, fast, and comprehensive, but helps educators teach and students learn how to become effective and organized researchers. (Free MLA, registration required for APA & Chicago.)


Son of Citation Machine - Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources, that there is virtually no reason not to -- because... (Free MLA & APA). 


Additional resources for help with creating citations are available in the library!!

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