Cite your source

For all the researches we have done for school, “cite your source” is probably the most used phrase we’ve heard from our teachers.

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines citation as

ci-ta-tion (abbr.: cit.) > n. 1 a quotation from or reference to a book, paper or author, esp. in a scholarly work.

A citation is required to give due respect to the owners of the idea we borrowed for our research papers and thesis. This saves an individual from violating the copyright law. Citing one’s source also helps other people read more about the topic of the research.

There are several ways how to cite a source, the more common styles of citation are APA (American Psychological Association) and MLA (Modern Language Association). While the styles vary, most of these give the reader an idea what the title is, who the authors are and when and where the material was published. For some, citation is a very taxing activity but with the aid of websites, citation nowadays can be done in a breeze. All you have to do is plug in the required information and the existing online program will give you the desired format.

The following are some of the programs available online that format your bibliographic information into the required format:

BibMe:  BibMe has a database of titles.  No log-in is required to access the database.  Users will just input the title, author or ISBN number and a list will be generated.  Once a title is selected, the formatted bibliographic data will appear on the upper right portion of the screen.  You can choose the style and opt to download the formatted data in MS Word format.

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CitationMachine: Citation Machine is another online program that can help users properly cite a material. The website starts with the style choices and then by clicking on the link provided, a menu of materials is displayed. This allows the user to choose the proper formatting for the specified material — book, journal, web document, etc. This website requires that the user is familiar with the publisher, the exact title and the author. It is manual in the sense that the user has to look for the required information before clicking on the submit button but the program automatically format the bib info provided according to the chosen style. An ISBN lookup is also available in this website, wherein the user plugs the ISBN number and the matching bibliographic information is displayed. This program allows the user to edit the information (just in case there is a discrepancy in the edition, page number, etc.) before clicking on the submit button.

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To download the complete article, click HERE.

Sources:The New Oxford American Dictionary. 2 ed. New York: Oxford University Press, USA, 2005. Print.“BibMe: Fast & Easy Bibliography Maker – MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian – Free.” BibMe: Fast & Easy Bibliography Maker – MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian – Free. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2009. <;.“Son of Citation Machine.” Son of Citation Machine. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2009. <;.


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