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ENG 101: Writing I, Dr. Ian Stapley: Cite Your Sources

This is a guide to help you find resources for your library assignments in this class.


Citing your sources is important because:

  • It shows you've done research by looking up scholarly resources
  • It allows others to look up the sources you used to find the information
  • It prevents you from being accused of plagiarism 

Citations may look different depending on what style is used, but they contain the same information. The standard elements include:

  • Author name(s)
  • Title (of book or article and journal)
  • Date of publication
  • Page numbers

Database Citation Help

Many online periodical indexes show you exactly how to cite the sources you find. Look for a link that says something like "citation tools" or "cite this article."  Click on that link, and you will see the citation in various formats. Here is an example of a citation in MLA format created in Academic Search Complete.

Note: you are ultimately responsible for making sure your citations are correct. Make sure that your indentations and spacing are correct.

Medvigy, David, et al. “Simulated Changes in Northwest

U.S. Climate in Response to Amazon

Deforestation*.” Journal of Climate, vol. 26, no.

22, Nov. 2013, pp. 9115–9136. EBSCOhost,

doi:10.1175/JCLI- D-12-00775.1.

Writing Help at NCCC

If you need help with the writing your paper including citations, you can get tutor writing assistance assistance through NCCC's Academic Center for Excellence (ACE).  These tutors can help you in any step of the writing process, can review your paper, and assist your with citation styles if you are not familiar.  To look at the tutor schedule and book a writing tutor for a Zoom session, look toward the bottom of this page.

In addition, you can get virtual writing help in the evenings through the STAR-NY program.

Online Citation Help: Purdue Online Writing Lab

Printed Citation Help

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