Citing Sources

 “Citing Sources” means stating where you got your information from. Various citation styles (formats) are used to organize and present this information.

APA

Chicago

MLA

Purdue Online Writing Lab
(Purdue provides examples of all of the citation styles listed above)

Your Learning Commons also has the latest APA, Chicago and MLA handbooks.

The Learning Portal–College Libraries Ontario (provides an overview of research-related skills)

Student’s Guide to Research: A Four-Step Process

Hopefully, the sources you cite are reliable! There are several ways to help ensure the sources you cite are useful.

Besides using a variety of sources, it is always a good idea–especially when using online sources–to ask yourself key questions:

�Who wrote it and why?

� Is it opinion or fact?

�When was it written?

Books, as well as educational, news, government and non-profit organizations generally provide reliable information.

MediaSmarts (formerly known as the Media Awareness Network) provides tips for evaluating online sources.

Here are some related hyperlinks:

Online Health Advice Sought My More Canadians (CBC News Jan. 5, 2011)

Wikipedia (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Your school librarian is here to help you learn how to
find and use reliable sources!