When you use a source (a book, a website, an encyclopedia, etc.) and use
- someone’s words
- someone’s ideas or opinions
- facts that are not common knowledge
- pictures or images
in a paper or presentation, you must cite the source–give credit where credit is due. You cite to give credit to the work and ideas of others and to avoid plagiarism.
Note Taking Resources
Remember the 3 Bs of notetaking:
APA Bibliography Guide
Science Fair Project bibliographies must be done using APA format, especially for students participating in VJAS.
- Jefferson’s APA Bibliography Guide
- APA Formatting and Style Guide (The OWL at Purdue)
- APA Citation Maker – remember that citations you get from here still need a bit of editing
- workscited4u – a free online bibliography maker
- bibme.org – another free online bibliography maker
- Son of Citation Machine – still another free online bibliography maker
MLA Citation Guide
- Jefferson’s Bibliography Format Sheet
- MLA Formatting and Style Guide [Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)]– There is some great information here you can use to help you with writing and with research–including bibliography style guides.