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CE406: Citation styles/Organizing References

General Information

Style Manuals and Citation Methods

Instructions are included at this site for the major humanities and social science citation styles APA and MLA.

Why cite?

"Whenever you quote, summarize, paraphrase or refer to the work of another person you need to cite it. Citing is the way to give credit to other's work when you use it in your papers, speeches and projects. Citing other's work is a very important step in the academic writing process and the best way to avoid plagiarism.

Tip: You do not have to cite anything that is considered common knowledge such as dates of events, well known facts, etc."


What needs to be cited?

Any time you use someone else's words you need to cite either as direct quotes or summaries.. This includes:

  • journal articles, newspaper articles or magazine articles
  • books or book chapters
  • web sites and web pages
  • encyclopedias
  • government documents
  • emails, interviews or speeches
  • all ideas or words in any format that are not your own



Citation Style in Civil Engineering

Civil Engineers generally use the citation style from the ASCE as contained in  Publishing in ASCE Journals: A Guide for Authors (see page 29 of the PDF). The style is known as the author-date style. Please also see the guide from the CSU-Humboldt library.

Organizing and Managing References