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Information Literacy Tutorial: #5

APA & MLA

Citing Sources

Sometimes a professor will say to the class "write a paper and cite your sources using APA style."

What are they talking about, anyway?

Well, anytime you write a research paper you need to show where your supporting information came from. If you didn't then you would be guilty of plagiarism, which is a serious offence. We'll get to that in a minute, but for now...

You need to cite or list your sources (books, articles, etc.) and you have to list or cite them according to a certain style. There are hundreds, but fortunately only MLA and APA are usually used at USM.

Watch this video to help you understand.

Citing Your Sources ... In 3 Minutes

Now, click on the #6 tab at the top.

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