Both the Modern Language Assocaition (MLA) and the The American Psychlogical Association (APA) has specific guidelines for the formatting, layout and citation of resources in academic papers. The following links provide ample citation guidance. For more Information please see a reference librarian regarding the APA Style Guide 6th Edition and the The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition.
APA Style Guides
MLA Style Guides
ACS Style Guide
ASA Style Guide
Chicago Style Guides
General Writing Resources
Please keep in mind that the following tools are not perfect. It is highly recommended that you verify the accuracy of any citations produced by these tools using the citation style's official manual.
Just because you are putting your information into a Powerpoint presentation instead of a formal written paper doesn't mean you don't have to cite your sources. All information unless it belongs to you, must be cited. Click here for a sample Powerpoint presentation from the library at Pima Community College to see examples of how to properly cite material.
When it is time to gather all of your notes and start writing the paper, avoid the most common mistake - plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only taking large parts of someone else's work and not attributing credit to that author; paraphrasing sections of a work, even using synonyms and citing the work, is also plagiarism.
Even if the ideas are rewritten, the source of the idea must be cited and the author given credit.
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