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7: How to Cite Your Sources - Find Citation Help

Plagiarism is a serious offense. You'll need to cite the sources that you used in your research. Since it's important to keep a consistent style throughout your work, cite sources for your bibliography using MLA (Modern Language Association) style or APA (American Psychological Association) style or another style approved by your instructor. Many instructors will require the use of a specific citation style.

Ask a reference librarian for help or contact the Tutoring Services at Oakton.

Research Assignment? Use Oakton Library's EasyBib to format your citations and create a bibliography.

Using EasyBib really is easy and it's free to Oakton Community College students!  Login on either Oakton campus and register to create a username and password. (Note: you do not need a coupon code.)  Do this once and you can then access your EasyBib account from any computer anywhere. 

The EasyBib Instructional Guide provides step‐by‐step screenshots showing how to use the program.

Online Guides to Using MLA Style

The following websites are guides on MLA Style:

Online Guides to Using APA Style

The following websites are guides on APA Style:

Online Guides to Using Chicago Style

The following websites are guides on Chicago Style:


Available at the reference desk:

  • MLA:
    MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
    Call Number: (DP) REF. LB2369 .G53 2009; (RHC) RHCREF. LB2369 .G53 2009
  • APA:
    Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
    Call Number: (DP) REF. BF76.7 .P83 2010; (RHC) RHCREF. LB2369 .P93 2010
  • Chicago:
    Chicago Manual of Style
    Call Number: (DP) REF. Z253 .U69 2010; (RHC) RHCREF. Z253 .U69 2010

    A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers
    Call Number: (DP) REF. LB2369 .T8 2013; (RHC) RHCREF. LB2369 .T8 2013
  • APA, Chicago, MLA:
    Research Strategies for a Digital Age
    Call Number: (DP) REF. ZA3075 .T46 2013; (RHC) RHCREF. ZA3075 .T46 2013


As you look through bibliographies for additional resources and to determine the authority of a work, notice the style of the bibliography. Is it written according to MLA style, APA style or another type of style?


It's important to use a standard and consistent style for citing sources since the bibliography needs to have a uniform look. This uniform style helps to easily locate the sources that you cited. Your instructor may require a certain style for citing sources. Be sure to ask.

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