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COM 201: Citing Sources

Guide to help COM 201 students with their Media Theory Presentations

APA Style

These links will help you create in-text citations as well as your reference list in APA Style.

Citation Machine

This website will put citations together for you. You fill in the blanks and it does the rest!

WARNING: Double check it's accuracy. Anything that does the work for you will have mistakes. Nothing is perfect.

This service will do MOST citation styles, for example: MLA, APA, and ACS.

Tips for Citing Sources

Be sure that your sources are cited accurately and in the correct format.

  • When you use a book, copy down all the important information: title, author(s) or editor(s), chapter if applicable, publisher name and place, year, edition or volume number, and page numbers.
  • Most article databases have a "Cite" or "Citation" option in the Tools box. Copy this information to a document or email it to yourself (remember to go back and format it correctly).
  • Get citations as you go--don't do double the work by needing to look it up later.
  • Find out what format your instructor would like you to use and follow it correctly and consistently.
  • Use the resources to the left to help you!
  • Stumped? Ask a librarian for help.

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