When a writing assignment requires research, any information you quote, summarize or paraphrase (restating in your own words) in your paper must be acknowledged and documented with a citation. Use a Citation Format (such as: MLA Format or APA Format) to document all of your information sources to avoid plagiarism (using the ideas or writings of another person as your own). The following guides provide examples of how to cite information sources used in research.
- PCC Student Guide to the MLA Works Cited List
- PCC Student Guide to the APA Works Cited List
Additional online resources for documenting and citing sources
- Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online:
- OWL at Purdue Updated MLA and APA Formatting and Style Guides (click on Research and Citation):
- Turnitin.com Research Resources "What is Plagiarism?" :
Olson Library APA Reference Style Guide:
MLA Workshops: Citing Sources in MLA Format
The library offers free MLA citation workshops for students, where you will learn how to cite a book and a periodical article from a database. All sessions will be in the Orientation Room on the third floor, Room LL-311. Please be on time.
Online registration: Click on this link to reserve a place at one of workshops:
Fall 2013 workshops:
Thursday, November 7, 12:00-12:45
Thursday, November 14, 12:00-12:45
Tuesday, November 19, 12:00-12:45
Tuesday, November 26, 12:00-12:45