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English - Speech and Public Speaking: Citing Sources

Collections of speeches as well as material to assist in the preparation of a speech

What's Your Style?

It is important to document your sources to help your reader find your research sources and to avoid plagiarism. It is standard practice in writing papers.

While there are many different citation styles, the most commonly used by Madison College English classes are MLA and APA:

Plagiarism Video

Citing Sources in MLA 8: Database Sources

Image: Databases in citations

Purdue Writing Lab. “MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources // Purdue Writing Lab.” Purdue Writing Lab, 31 Dec. 2017, Accessed 27 Nov. 2018.

Example from Academic Search:

“Disco Inferno: WYES Transformed into a Bustling Nightclub for a Disco Party.” Saint Charles Avenue, vol. 23, no. 3, Aug.

      2018, p. 42. EBSCOhost, 


Help in Print

Check the 808 section of the circulating and reference stacks for books that can help in the process of writing papers and properly documenting sources.

Citation Management Tools On the Web

These free web-based tools can help create and manage your citations for your research papers. Always check with your instructor to see if it is okay to use these.

Library Databases & Citations

Nearly ALL of the Madison College Library subscription databases offer internal citation generators:


In Credo Reference, look for the " " tool!

Image: Tools menu in Credo Reference

In JStor, look for 'Cite This Item':

When using Opposing Viewpoints, look for the Tools Menu:

Image: Opposing Viewpoints Tools

In CQ Researcher, look for 'Cite Now'.

Image: Cite Now

Microsoft Word has a references tab

that can help generate citations and pages for works cited & bibliographies.

Screenshot of Insert Citation option in Microsoft Word