Why Citations Matter
Listing the resources you used in your Bibliography, Works Cited or References page is important because:
It shows where you got your information so that others can find it also.
It prevents plagiarism by giving credit to thoughts and ideas of others, whether quoted directly or paraphrased from a source.
It demonstrates your ability to research a topic and to use a variety of materials in your written work.
It builds on and contributes to the scholarship on the topic.
Citing Your Sources
Three citation styles are used most frequently at The University of the South Pacific:
- APA Citations are usually used in psychology and social science courses.
- MLA Citations are usually used in literature classes
- Harvard Style Citations are not tied to a particular discipline.
Check your assignment or ask your professor which citation style to use for your class.
See the following guides for citation formats and examples: