What is a citation?
A citation tells readers that certain materials in your work came from another source. A citation also credits the original author and gives readers a way to locate the original source. A list of citations is called a bibliography, or Works Cited page.
Why must I cite?
When researching, we seek information from experts to learn information that we did not already know or that support our own ideas. As we embed this newly gained info into our work, we cite where the ideas came from if not our own.
Does citing mean I did less work?
Not at all!
A citation shows our teachers and peers that we have done our research by finding sources that support our ideas. A citation may also reveal how we can improve our research if in fact a source wasn't the most reliable or up-to-dae.
When must I cite my sources?
If you have borrowed ideas, words or phrases from someone else, you need to acknowledge that source. Include citations when:
Creating Citations using EasyBib School Edition
As noted in the video "Citations for Beginners" (top right), there is a specific way of formatting a citation. Formatting may seem silly, but if we were to format each and every citation a different way, we would never be able to trace back to the original sources. Luckily, EasyBib has made it easy to create MLA-style citations without having to start from scratch. When you create an Easybib account for yourself, link it to your Google (school) email account to give Easybib permission to export your Works Cited pages to Google Docs.
Note: Find out whether your teacher requires you to cite your information a certain way before using Easybib.