When you write a research paper or report you need to include a bibliography or a list of the books, articles, or other publications that you used in your research.The pieces of information used to describe a specific publication are grouped together to make up a citation or a bibliographic citation.
Why you need to cite your sources:
Many guides are available to help students format citations for bibliographies and notes. These guides are called STYLE MANUALS or STYLE GUIDES.
The STYLE MANUAL for this course is APA - The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
APA is very common and used by researchers in many disciplines. You can find many guides to using APA, for example:
Other style guides used in Engineering include:
Citation Generating Tools
Some of our databases have built-in citation generators that will create citations for you. Look for a box or link that says CITE or CITE THIS or something similar. These citation generators are not always 100% accurate so you should still be familiar enough with the style to catch errors.