Citing Sources

Welcome to the SJAM Library Citation Style page! Thanks for using information in an ethical and responsible way, giving credit where credit is due.

Many libraries in Ontario schools focus on two modern ways of citing sources: MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association). In all cases, follow your teacher’s recommendation in terms of formatting. Preferences can change from teacher to teacher and, if you go to university or college someday, from professor to professor. It’s your job to stay true to the selected format, take good notes from your sources (without plagiarism!) and make sense out of all that uncovered information. Need help? See a library staff member!

Back to citing your sources: we’ve included a link on each page to connect you to a website that will help you create your final list of sources. Click here for further help in getting started at using this free online citation creator. Want to test your MLA/APA knowledge? Here is a game to test your skill!

We applaud your efforts to use information in a fair and ethical manner as well as all your efforts in researching a well rounded assignment. Please see a SJAM library staff member if you need extra help in finding trustworthy information for your project, paper, poster, podcast, prezi, etc. We’re here to help!

MLA  is a widely used citation style particularly in the subjects in the humanities (like English, History, Languages, Art)

APA  is a widely used citation style used most often in the social sciences ( and in subjects like Science, Math, Family Studies, Phys-Ed, Business, Education)


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