The primary purpose for citing sources in a paper is to inform readers where you found information for the paper or document you wrote. With cited sources, it gives an indication of what items you have read, heard, or viewed that led you to the viewpoints that you present. Sources of information are cited for the following reasons:
There are several commonly used styles for citing sources. These style manuals include:
The two style guides most frequently used at Prince George's Community College are the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Paper (MLA) and Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).
In this section you will find information on citing various types of sources from these two style manuals. Be sure that you know which style manual is required for a particular assignment. If you are not sure, check with your instructor.