Ultimately, your ability to document your sources will
demonstrate to your readers that you understand how scholarship
must recognize the work of others honestly and accurately. In
support of that, "style guides" have been developed by
a number of professional organizations. These style guides are
designed to present documenting information, or documentation,
in a consistent manner so that any reader can learn where the
sources may be located and find that source if the reader
Learn how to cite sources in the context of your paper as
well as in the Works Cited or Reference section.
While reading your paper, readers want to know where you got
your ideas. They don't want to merely look at the end to see
what sources they used, they want to know, within the context of
each point that you are making, which of the ideas are yours and
which are from a source.
You need in-text citation for material that you paraphrase or
summarize as well as for material that you quote.
Parenthetical or in-text references vary in different style
guides. For example, MLA expects you to put the author's name
and the page in parentheses, for example (Rodrigues 54).
What if you have no page number, as is the case in many Web
sources? You can put the author's name or the date of
access in parentheses. Check with your instructor for his or her