How Do I Cite?

To complete your research paper, you must include a list of the sources you used in the research process.

These records are compiled into a list of citations. A citation is detailed information about the book, article, web site, etc., you used in your research. The citation allows you to credit the authors of the sources you used. Your instructor will indicate which guideline you need to use for your citations (MLA, APA, Turabian, or Chicago Style). It is important to properly acknowledge credit to your sources. Failing to do so is called plagiarism. To “plagiarize” means:
[Source: Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary]

  • To steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
  • To use (another’s production) without crediting the source
  • To commit literary theft
  • To present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

The Cypress College Library subscribes to a citation builder tool named NoodleTools. NoodleTools helps students create their list of citations (works cited/bibliography) into MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formatting style. NoodleTools prompts the user for the information for each citation necessary to create a works cited list and then creates a document ready to export into Word or Google Docs.

Noodletools also has an app you can download onto your smart phone or tablet.  If you have a book in your hand, you can scan the ISBN and it will create a citation for you.

Download from the App Store or from Google Play.

The Cypress College Library has created useful handouts to help guide you through the different citation style. The examples are specific to our library’s holdings and databases.

The  Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers a lot of  information to assist with many writing projects; including citation help.

For more detailed information, refer to the full documentation manual in print (in the library) or on the web.

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (MLA)
MLA web site:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)
APA web site: Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS)
University of Chicago web site: A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Turabian)
Web site: Try the MLA Tutorial provided by Hunter College Libraries at CUNY for help with your citations.

To get started creating a works cited list, click here to access NoodleTools.  For further assistance or explanation, please see a reference librarian.