MLA/APA Citations

What is a Citation?

A citation (also called documentation or a reference) is the information you provide in your paper to give credit to the sources you used in your research.

Why do you need to use Citations?

If you use other people's work without giving them credit, that is a form of academic dishonesty called plagiarism which can result in failing your course and suspension or expulsion from KCC.

Which Citation Style should you use?

Always check with your instructor! Your instructor may tell you to use a specific style, or they may leave it up to you to pick one. In general, classes in the Arts & Humanities (English, Hawaiian Studies, etc.) use MLA Style, and classes in the Sciences and Social Sciences (Psychology, Nursing, etc.) use APA Style. Style formats change over time as they are updated, so check with your instructor to see which edition they want you to use.

MLA Guides and Tools (current edition: 7th, 2009)


APA Guides and Tools (current edition: 6th, 2010)


Chicago Guides and Tools (current edition: 16th, 2010)

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