Citing your information sources acknowledges the origin of your information, and it shows that you’ve put thought into your work and into your research. It shows that your information is accurate and lets your readers locate your information sources, This includes all types of information sources, including:
- Articles (from print sources or from online article databases)
- E-mail or any other correspondence
- Web pages
- Government documents
- Non-print media (videotapes, audiotapes, pictures and images)
- Software or any digital formats
Not all information available on the Internet is regulated for quality or accuracy; therefore, it is particularly important for you to evaluate the resources or information. This little guideline will help you to ask the right question while evaluating resources and information.
One of the best sources to use when creating your bibliography is the Owl Purdue Site. Even if you are using the citation information directly from the databases, it is important to double check to ensure you have the format done correctly---- sometimes the database format is off a bit.
Use this interactive citation generator to create correct APA, MLA and Turabian bibliographic and in-text citations.