Citing Your Sources


All source material used in a research project must be given credit, whether you have used direct or indirect quotes or have referred to the ideas in the source, used an images, or in any other way taken material from it.. At Christ School we use the MLA (Modern langauge Association) format for lists of Works Cited and in-text notes. Here are samples of the proper way to list sources, but since there are so many different types of source you will usually have to dig deeper, There are excellent websites available to help you create your citations, if your teacher allows you to use these.

Book by a single author:

Mazer, Harry. The Last Mission. New York: Delacorte Press, 1979.

An article from a library research database:

Gladwell, Malcolm. "Troublemakers: What Pitbulls Can Teach Us About Profiling.." New Yorker 6 Feb. 2006:38-43. SIRS Knowledge Source. Christ School Library, Arden, NC. 11 Feb. 2008 <http://sks.sirs.com>

A website:

Moulton, Jim. "Dealing With Plagiaroism: Proactive, or Punitive?" Edutopia. 12 January 2008.
<http://www.edutopia.org/community/spiralnotebook>.6

Note: There are many different types of sources: these are only three. We highly recommend that you use one of the following websites to create your citations, as there are so many variations. Be sure on each site to read the instructions. For instance, you will have to alphabetize your list and you will have to format the list with hanging indents.
The MLA Guide in our library has complete instructions and many examples.

http://citationmachine.net
http://easybib.com
http://www.noodletools.com

(Note: Noodletools is a subscription site. We currently have access to it on a trial basis and next year will add it to our resources. It contains a lot of information on doing ethical research.)