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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. Check citation formatting in Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL) and 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; each citation should appear in both places!


in-text citations

shortened citations in the text of the paper

 - AND -

Works Cited or References 

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


TIP: It's efficient 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.