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Citing Sources: General Guidelines

Observe these general guidelines no matter which style guide you use.

  • Footnotes and bibliographic citations credit the author and enable the reader to locate source material. As you compile and cite references, be sure to observe a consistent style -- that is, don't mix APA-style citations with MLA-style references.
  • Complete citations to online or electronic resources are also required in the same manner as for printed sources.
  • Be sure to check your syllabus or ask your professor which style guide is appropriate and/or required for your paper.