My professor wants me to cite my sources using MLA/APA/Chicago, but I don’t know what that means.
You always need to let your reader know when you are using another writer’s words, ideas, or images. There are several citation systems (i.e. MLA, APA, Chicago) out there that can help you communicate that message to your readers.Each citation system has its own distinctive style. For example, an APA citation for a book looks different than the MLA citation for the same book. Different majors use different citation systems. For example, many English classes will use MLA; History, Chicago; and Justice Administration, APA. However, even within these majors, professors might prefer that you use a different style. So just ask.
What can the Writing Center do to help?
We have handouts and videos that address the three most common citation systems: MLA, APA, and Chicago. And of course, you can make an appointment with a Writing Center consultant, who will gladly answer your citation questions.