Citing Sources

Citations allow you to give credit to the author of a work and help avoid plagiarism.

Identifying Citation Information

  • Below is a list of the information you will need to properly cite sources for most citation styles:
    • Author(s)
    • Title
    • Page range
    • Date of publication
    • Date of access
    • Publisher
    • Journal Name
    • Web Address

Formatting Sources

  • After collecting the appropriate information, you will format your sources according to a citation style. A specific citation style is often a requirement of course assignments, grants, or discipline. Examples of popular citations styles include:
    • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • Modern Language Association (MLA)
    • Chicago Style
  • The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has information on formatting your sources in The Writer’s Handbook.
  • Citation managers are available to help organize and format sources. The Libraries have information regarding supported citation managers here.