Citations and Sources

Citing your Sources

When you write research reports, you will need to create “Works Cited” list and write a complete citation for each book, website, database, image, and other source you use. There are some excellent citation makers including Noodletools and Easybib.  Try them both!  Click on the links below for sample works cited pages.

Sample Works Cited Page

Works Cited Format Online Sources

Works Cited Format Print Sources


Easybib MLA e-book

If you need help creating MLA citations, you can reference the Easybib MLA Citation Basics eBook.





Evaluating Websites

When you do research projects it’s important to make sure that the sources you use are reputable.  Here are 5 criteria that you should use when evaluating a website.  For even more information visit the Five Criteria for Evaluating Websites.

There’s a wonderful world of websites out there for you to use both to create. Unfortunately, since anyone can publish a website, not all sites are good quality.  They may have incorrect or biased information.  So, you need to be careful about what sites you select when you are looking for information.  Here’s what to look for:

  • Accuracy. If your page lists the author and institution that published the page and provides a way of contacting him/her and . . .
  • Authority. If your page lists the author credentials and its domain is preferred (.edu, .gov, .org, or .net), and, . .
  • Objectivity. If your page provides accurate information with limited advertising and it is objective in presenting the information, and . . .
  • Currency. If your page is current and updated regularly (as stated on the page) and the links (if any) are also up-to-date, and . . .
  • Coverage. If you can view the information properly–not limited to fees, browser technology, or software requirement, then . . .

You may have a website that could be of value to your research!

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