IRIS 42: Information and Research Instruction Suite for two-year colleges
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Describing Sources

A style manual is your friend

At this point you may be wondering, "How do I know what kind of information goes in the citations? How do I know what to put in the brief citation? How do I organize my bibliography?"

Not to worry. Handy reference tools called style manuals will tell you what to include in your citations and how to organize the information. There are many style manuals available; here are the common ones:

Your instructor will let you know which style manual to follow for your project. Some instructors have their own style sheets. Whenever you have a project that requires you to use outside sources, ask your instructor this exact question: "What format should I use for citation?" (Memorize that question.) Next >>