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LIT 245: Introduction to Mythology: Citation Help

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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

What information comprises a citation?

When you are required to submit a citation for a source that you are using, regardless of the type of material it is, you must provide all the data that would allow your reader to find that source for him/herself. In the case of a journal article, the necessary information includes the title of the article, its author or authors (editors, compilers, etc), the title of the journal, volume number, issue, date, and pages. In the case of electronic access to the journal, some style sheets demand the date of online access to the journal.

Here is an example of a citation accessed through a database in APA style:

McEwan, Ruissen, G. R., Eys, M. A., Zumbo, B. D., & Beauchamp,

M. R. (2017). The Effectiveness of Teamwork Training on

Teamwork Behaviors and Team Performance: A Systematic

Review and Meta-Analysis of Controlled Interventions. PloS

One12(1),  e0169604–e0169604.




Common Citation Styles

MLA style is the citation style established by the Modern Language Association of America, and is commonly used for research in the humanities, including English, modern languages, literary criticism, and media and cultural studies.

Explore the whole website, but most helpful are:

  • Works Cited: A Quick Guide
  • Using MLA Format
  • Formatting a Research Paper
  • Practice Template 

Created by the American Psychological Association, APA Style is most commonly used to format and cite research papers in the social sciences.

APA uses a system of in-text citations and a list of references at the end of the paper in order to give credit to the sources throughout the paper.

These citations and list of references heavily focus on presenting the author(s)' last name with initialized first name AND the date of the publication of the source used.

Chicago Style is mostly used by those composing research papers and works in literature, history, and the arts.

Chicago style consists of two different documentation systems: the notes and bibliography system and the author-date system. Notes and bibliography is most often used in the humanities and features detailed bibliographic information in footnote or endnote citations, while the author-date system is more commonly used in the sciences and uses brief parenthetical citations.

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