How Do I Cite Sources?

  • Identifying Sources in the Body of Your Paper. The first time you cite a source, it is almost always a good idea to mention its author (s), title, and genre
  • Quoting Material. What is Quoting? Taking the exact words from an original source is called quoting.
  • Listing References. What’s a Bibliography?

Other Question and Answers that can be helpful for you

1. How do I use sources in an essay?

  • Finding good secondary sources for English essays
  • Tips on using secondary sources
  • Effective summarizing and paraphrasing
  • Documenting sources in MLA style (Modern Languages Association)

2. How do I cite a website source within my essay?

Cite web pages in text as you would any other source, using the author and date if known. Keep in mind that the author may be an organization rather than a person. For sources with no author, use the title in place of an author. For sources with no date use n.d. (for no date) in place of the year: (Smith

3. How do you cite sources in a synthesis essay?

As you continue synthesizing, here are a few points to remember:

  • Don’t force a relationship between sources if there isn’t one. Not all of your sources have to complement one another.
  • Do your best to highlight the relationships between sources in very clear ways.
  • Don’t ignore any outliers in your research. It’s important to take note of every perspective (even those that disagree with your broader conclusions).

4. How to properly cite sources?

Include publication information for the source.

  • APA example: Hawking, S. W.
  • For print sources, most styles call for the city and state where the source was published (or city and country, for sources published outside the U.S.) to be listed first.
  • For most citation styles, the year the source was published follows the name of the publisher.
  • The year of publication typically is the copyright year.