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Please contact the NCC librarian or drop in to see a writing tutor for help with citing your sources.

Good News: Ready-made Citations

Most of the NCC Library's online databases, as well as its eBook collections, provide you with ready-made citations (MLA or APA). Cut and paste them into your document. Add in-text citations, too.

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Please check with your NCC instructor to verify which style you should use -- MLA style (from the Modern Language Association) or  APA style (from the American Psychological Association)


In both APA and MLA styles, you need to cite your sources twice.


In-text citations

= short citations in the text of the paper




Works Cited or References 

= full citations on a separate page at the end of the paper


TIP: It's easiest to do them in reverse order -- first, the full citation and then the shortened form.




Citation information in Spanish from our neighbors at Northern Essex Community College.


Online Writing Labs (OWLS)

The Purdue OWL See sections about APA and MLA styles. Excelsior College OWL is another good source.