|Citing your references can be time-consuming, but here's why it's important:|
You must cite the source when you...
Citing mainly occurs in these areas of your paper :
Examples of in-text citations:
|APA format example:
The sky is blue (Cottrell, 2013).
|ACS format example:
The sky is blue.1
|IEEE format example:
The sky is blue .
A bibliography is a detailed list of works cited in your paper, plus the background readings or other material that you may have read, but not actually cited.
A reference list is the detailed list of references that are cited in your work. For example, in APA Style, each reference cited in text must appear in the reference list, and each entry in the reference list must be cited in text.
This depends on the following:
Ask your module instructor/coordinator/tutor for the preferred citation style and if there are other special formatting instructions you should follow. Once you have determined the style to follow, use it consistently in your paper (in-text), bibliography or reference list.
This guide contains resources on commonly used citation styles:
A citation generator/builder/maker can assist you in generating references and citations based on a preferred style guide. Different online citation generators include Easybib, BibMe, Zoterobib, and more.
Tips when using citation generators or builders
So, before you start writing your paper, consider using a citation generator or builder. These tools are helpful in turning a long bibliography into an easy-to-use and changeable list of references. Below are some commonly used citation generators or builders that are freely available from the Internet: