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This page will give you a general introduction to MLA and APA formatting.
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The tabs within this page will give you a general introduction to Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago Style formatting as well as resources that you can use for more detailed examples. This page will attempt to keep up with the most current rules associated with each citation style. 


Academic Honesty

“Academic dishonesty is the fraud and deception for the purpose of improving a grade or obtaining course credit, and includes all student behavior intended to gain or provide unearned academic advantage by fraudulent and/or deceptive means. The student has the full responsibility for the content and integrity of all academic work submitted. Ignorance of a rule does not constitute a basis for waiving the rule or the consequences of that rule. Students unclear about a specific situation should ask their instructors, who will explain what is and is not acceptable in their classes. Violation of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action" (“Academic Honesty" 7-1). 

“Academic Honesty Policy.” Shasta College 2012-2013 Catalog. Redding: Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District, 2012.


Choosing a Citation Style

Your instructor will designate the citation style that he or she requires for the course, however he or she may have slight variations from the standards described here.

"MLA style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. Generally simpler and more concise than other styles, MLA style features brief parenthetical citations in the text keyed to an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the work."


"What is MLA Style?" Modern Language Association. MLA, 2 Mar. 2012. Web. 22 Feb. 2013.

“The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, and educators in the social and behavioral sciences.  It provides invaluable guidance on all aspects of the writing process, from the ethics of authorship to the word choice that best reduces bias in language.”




“Publication Manual” American Psychological Association. APA, 2013. Web. 22 Feb. 2013.


Please refer to your course syllabus, contact your instructor, or the Library Reference desk if you have any questions.



Plagiarism, as defined by the Shasta College Academic Honesty Policy, includes:

a. Failing to give credit for ideas, statement of facts, or conclusions derived by another author. Failure to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, a sentence, or a part thereof.

b. Submitting a paper acquired from a “research” or term paper service.

c. Copying another person’s assignment and handing it in as one’s own.

d. Giving a speech or oral presentation written by another and claiming it as one’s own work.

e. Claiming credit for artistic work done by someone else, such as a music composition, photos, a painting, drawing, sculpture, or design.

f. Presenting another’s computer data as one’s own (7-1).

“Academic Honesty Policy.” Shasta College 2012-2013 Catalog. Redding: Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District, 2012.


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