Being able to properly explain where the argument for your work originated is often just as important as the work you created is. Citations provide your work with a sense of trust that extends to the reader. Citations prove to enhance the credibility of what ever you may be exploring by displaying a well-researched message. Citations can tack themselves on to whole bodies of work or even single thoughts by well documented experts. Providing a citation in the proper form is often the most difficult portion. We need to write it in the form that best speaks to our audience. Whether you use a fully quote or paraphrase a source, a citation is needed.
The first step in forming a citation is to determine the proper style you wish to use. This is often based on the audience your work was created for. The most common forms of citation are the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA). APA style follows an author-date form of citation. This means that the author’s name is followed by the year of the publication. MLA style follows more of a parenthetical citation form where you just state the source in parenthesis. This selection of worksheets will show you how to cite things as simple as movie and book titles, simple quotes. We will work up to writing a fully-fledged MLA and APA citation styles.