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Citation Help

​​When researching, you must cite every source you use.  If you do not cite a source (even if you paraphrase), or you cite it incorrectly, that is plagiarism.  Check out this "Cite Your Sources" video from the University of Alberta.

Remember to check with your teacher about which method of citation they require you to use, e.g., APA, MLA.

If you have any questions about citing a particular source, please ask your teacher OR a teacher-librarian.  It's better to be safe than sorry!​​

Writing Style Guides for Citing Sources

Please check the student COMMON file on any school computer to find information on citation styles; they are posted in the Library folder.

UBC is an excellent source for basic information about citation:

View a comparison chart of three citation styles.

Not sure how to integrate quotes and avoid plagiarism?  This video tutorial from Acadia University's Vaughan Memorial Library has some excellent tips for you.

APA style – for science, sociology, geography, etc

Concordia University Libraries' Online Guide for APA Style

Chicago Style – for history assignments

The Chicago Manual of Style Online

MLA style – for English assignments:

The Purdue Online Writing Lab Guide to MLA Style

Also, the SCDSB has purchased the rights to use the TDSB's Student Research Guide.

Citation Apps and Tools

RefME is a tool that helps generate reference information in any format you choose.  It's available free and you can use it with a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

Wondering how to cite social media? Edudemic has a terrific chart that shows you how to cite social media sources in APA or MLA format.