To avoid plagarism, you must cite all sources that are copyrighted. Academic organizations and some disciplines have developed their own styles of how to cite sources and format research papers. These styles are outlined in style guides published in print and online. You may have heard of or used some of these styles before. Before you begin the writing process, you need to determine which style guide to follow for your research topic/subject area, and how to use that style guide to document your sources and organize your research paper. Popular styles include MLA, APA, and Chicago. See the student resources section for links to style guides and sample papers. Below is the basic citation format for books and internet based sources. Be aware that the citation method varies with the type of book, the number of authors, and many other factors. You will need to consult your style guide before citing any work in your research.
See this video from brainpop about citing sources:
Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for
subtitle. Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of
Online Periodical, volume number (issue number if available). Retrieved
See the student resources section for tools which will automatically generate citations when you input the required information into the tool. It is important to manually check the citation that is generated to make sure that the format is correct per the style that you are using. When experimenting with the tools below, consider that BCPS has recently paid for a subscription to the Easybib program, linked below. See your school’s library media specialist for information on how to access the subscription features of the software.