Citing Your Sources

The basic principle for citing your sources is that you must give credit to the people who originated the evidence you use to support your thesis. Although the principle of citing is the same, the details about how you format those citations may vary. Each discipline has its preferred "style" of citing resources. For instance, papers written for a physics class will probably use a different style of citation than papers written for a sociology class. Personalized help is available at Waubonsee's Writing Assistance Center. Depending on your area of study and your instructor's requirements, you may use one of a variety of style manuals. Which Style Manual Should You Use? When writing papers for a class, check to see what citation style your instructor requires. To find this information:

  • Look in your course syllabus
  • Look in the notes you took when the assignment was given
  • Ask your instructor.

Examples of Style Manuals