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ENGL 101 English Composition I: MLA/APA Style

Why Cite?

Students are expected to properly cite the sources used in their academic work in order to:

  • Give authors credit for their original ideas and research;
  • Enable readers to track ideas and research back to its original source.  

MLA/APA Citation Help!

Confused about citation styles?  Don't know what MLA or APA means?  Here are some places you can get help:

Writing Center (Kemp 105) will have tutors available to help with college writing at any phase of the writing process, including MLA & APA citations. Check their webpage for their current open hours.

Purdue Online Writing Lab - Purdue University has a great website that will help you with citations.


MLA is the Modern Language Association's preferred style to document the research materials (books, encyclopedia, articles, documentary films, personal interviews, etc.) that you used to write your research paper. APA is the American Psychological Association's preferred style.  MLA style is usually used in the Humanities disciplines, and APA style in the Social Sciences.

There are other citation styles, like Chicago or Turabian, that you may be required to use elsewhere, but MLA and APA are the two major citation styles used at Centralia College. 


Make sure you use the citation style your instructor wants you to use.

Citing sources

MLA Handbook and APA Manual

These books are available in the Library: