7: How to Cite Your Sources - Find Citation Help

What is a Citation?

A citation gives credit to an author for their research, writings and ideas.

A citation is a reliable way to lead your reader back to materials you used in your research.

Most citations include information such as:

  • author's name
  • title of the book, article image or website
  • name of the magazine or journal
  • date published or updated
  • if the information was found in print or online

When you use citations you are:

  • giving credit to the authors of material you used
  • avoiding plagiarism
  • showing that you know how to use information well
  • creating credibility for your paper by providing good quality sources and good quality citations for them

Help with Citations

Librarians at Oakton can help you with citations. Stop by the Reference Desk at either campus or contact us at AskLibrary.

Tutors can also help with citations. Check Tutoring Services for details and schedules.

Cite It Right!

The Cite It Right! guide can help you with model citations in MLA, APA and Chicago style. Need to see a sample paper, works cited page or annotated bibliography? Find it on the Cite It Right! guide.

Cite It Right! Workshops can help students with citations too. Workshops are offered at both the Des Plaines (DP) and Skokie (RHC) campuses. Check the workshop schedule for dates and times.


EasyBib can help you create your citations and your bibliography. As an Oakton student you have free access to all citation styles through the college subscription. Sign up for an EasyBib account while you are on campus, then use EasyBib from any internet connection. Remember to check your citations from EasyBib with the links from the Cite It Right! guide.

Code of Academic Conduct and Plagiarism

Students at Oakton have a responsibility to follow the Academic Code of Conduct in their research and their course work. Using citations well is an important part of academic honesty and helps students avoid plagiarism.

The Code of Academic Conduct prohibits such violations of academic integrity as:

  • cheating
  • plagiarism
  • falsification and fabrication
  • abuse of academic materials 
  • complicity in academic dishonesty

Violations of the Code of Academic Conduct are taken seriously and have real penalties.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Citations

What is MLA style and how do I make MLA citations?

Cite It Right - MLA

Models for MLA citations
Citing Sources: MLA—College of DuPage Library
MLA Works Cited—Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Citing Sources—Harper College Library

MLA Sample Paper and Works Cited Pages
MLA Sample Paper & Works Cited—Diane Hacker
MLA Works Cited Page—Purdue OWL
MLA Works Cited Page—College of San Mateo

What is APA style and how do I make APA citations?

Cite It Right! -  APA

Models for APA citations
Citing Sources:APA—College of DuPage Library
Reference List: APA—Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
Citing Sources—Harper College Library

APA Sample Paper and References List
APA Sample Paper—Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

What is a Chicago Style Citation and how do I make Chicago Style citations?

Cite It Right!—Chicago Style

Models for Chicago Style citations
Chicago Style Citation Quick Guide
Chicago Manual of Style—Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Chicago Style Sample Paper, End Notes and Bibliography
Chicago Style Paper—Diana Hacker