Correct formatting and referencing

The Library has extensive resources to help you with your citations.

The American Psychological Association (APA) and Modern Language Association (MLA) formats are most commonly used, but the exact format used may vary depending on your program and courses.

Academic Integrity involves correctly crediting your sources as this alerts your instructor to the fact that you are not the author or creator of the ideas in your assignment and provides a path for your instructor to follow up on your work. 

More information is available at:

Online Reference Shelf (under “Citation/Style Guides”)

American Pychological Association (APA) Style

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Citation Quick Guides

The Library has quick guides for creating citations:

How to create an MLA citation  

How to create an APA citation

How to create an IEEE citation

Recommended textbooks:

The following books are helpful if you want help with your grammar, writing and editing skills, or source reference formatting (for your works cited page or bibliography). Both are available at the University of Waterloo Bookstore.

Fowler et al, Little Brown Handbook

Charles Lipson, Doing Honest Work in College

Educate yourself

It is your responsibility to find out all of the information you need to avoid plagiarising. The resources on this page can help point you in the right direction.