Whether you are using APA or MLA style, be consistent and use the same style throughout your citations.
Some students wonder why there are multiple citation styles. Different subjects use different styles because researchers are interested in different things. For example, APA is used more in science classes because it places a stronger emphasis on dates and currency than MLA.
The Southeast Reading Writing Center can help you with citation questions. The Writing Center has live chat and asynchronous (email) options to guide you in formatting your citations. They also offer multiple workshops you can attend for free that focus on APA or MLA styles.
According to the TCC Student Code of Conduct, plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without clear and full acknowledgement. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers and other academic materials.
Plagiarism and its consequences are easy to avoid.
1. Do your own work.
2. Acknowledge other people's work.
The TCC Library MLA Plagiarism Tutorial or APA Plagiarism Tutorial will teach you how to properly cite and paraphrase information. If you have any questions or concerns, ask your professor, a librarian, or a writing tutor for help.