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SPC 1608 (Marsh) Lake Nona: Citation Overview

A guide created to assist students with library research in SPC1608 at the Lake Nona campus.

Where do I find a citation?

What about citation tools?

If you've used an academic database in the past, you've likely noticed the helpful "Citation Tools" button. For the most part the citations provided within the Gale and EBSCO databases are correct, but make sure to verify any and all work that is being submitted for a grade. 

In other words, don't rely on a computer algorithm to do your homework for you!

Why Cite?

Citation is used for several reasons:

  1. To give credit to your sources.
  2. To differentiate your work from others'.
  3. To increase your credibility as a speaker.
  4. To help your audience find your sources.

And of course, to avoid plagiarism!

Recommended Titles

Citation: Two Parts

Full Citations - the complete information about your sources.

In-Speech Citations 

  1. Verbal citations are included in the body of your speech. These provide a brief reference to your source and refer the listener to your full citation on your Works Cited (MLA) or References (APA) page. (In a paper, these would be in-text citations).
  2. Image citations are included on your visual aid. These also provide a brief reference to your source and refer the listener to your full citation on your Works Cited (MLA) or References (APA) page.


Don't know where to start?

Valencia College MLA Resources
Citation guides for citing a variety of sources in MLA format. This is where you will find the color coded citation templates.

Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide

Comprehensive style guide for MLA format. Use this website to verify any citations created using citation generators or online databases. An excellent resources that you'll use throughout your college career!

Citation Machine

Citation generator website. Look up a citation by article title, URL, or ISBN. Make sure to double check any citations created with a generator website. This should be considered a draft, and not a final copy.

Microsoft Word Citation Ribbon
Try using the Microsoft Word Citation tool to organize and format your sources.