There are several reasons to be meticulous about citing your sources:
1. To indicate that you have done good research.
2. To give credit to other people for their words and ideas. Even stuff you find on the internet was written by SOMEBODY! Give that somebody credit with a correct citation.
3. To give your reader a straightforward map back to your source material.
Use the tools below to help you create complete and correct citations.
Please note that you should check your EasyBib and BibMe citations against an authoritative source, such as the OWL (Online Writing Lab) from Purdue University, the MLA Style Center, or the APA Style Blog.
There are numerous style guides each developed for use by specific subject specialties and disciplines. The three major citation styles are:
If you are not sure which citation style you should be using, be sure to ask your instructor! Regardless of the style you are using, use it consistently throughout your paper.
A Bibliography is a list of all the sources you found and used while researching a topic, whether you quote them directly in your paper or project or not.
An Annotated Bibliography includes a summary and/or evaluation of each of the sources and is excellent preparation for further research and for writing and presenting on a topic.
How to Write an Annotation for a Source Citation
Your instructor will let you know what you should cover in your annotations, but generally speaking a source annotation ought to show your engagement with the source and your evaluation of its credibility and usefulness. Consider answering these questions in your annotation: