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Journalism, Communication Studies & News

Write & Cite

The library collection has many resources to help you with

Associated Press Style - OWL Online Writing Lab; an overview of journalistic writing with explanations of the most important and most often used elements of journalism and the Associated Press style

Writing Guides

Annotated Bibliography

The Assignment Calculator - is a time management tool to help you break down your writing assignments into a series of steps.

Also, visit the Learning Centre on your campus if you need additional help. Services such as Online Tutoring or WriteAway may help when you need your paper checked by the Learning Centre tutors. 

When writing a research paper, you must always cite any sources that you have consulted. You must acknowledge when you are using the ideas, information, arguments, phrases or any other intellectual or creative output by another person. Not to do so is referred to as plagiarism.  Plagiarism is a serious offense that carries with it severe academic consequences (see KPU Policy C.8), but that can largely be avoided by always citing your resources.

We cite:

  • to distinguish previous from new thought
  • to give credit to the person whose ideas you used
  • to respect intellectual property
  • to help a reader locate the source(s) you used
  • to show that you have investigated your topic well
  • to avoid plagiarism
Take a short quiz: Identifying Citations
KPU Style Guides:

APA Citation Guide

Other Style Guides

From the American Psychological Association:

       How to reference the DSM

       APA's errata to the 6th edition

       One-experiment paper


From the OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue: APA style information with student sample paper


Chicago Citation Style LibGuide - University of Lethbridge

MLA style is often used to document sources for papers in the Humanities (e.g. English, Arts, Literature, Music, Philosophy). It uses parenthetical citations for in-text references and a Works Cited list at the end of the paper.

The examples in this guide cover frequently used citation forms in MLA style. For more detailed information refer to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, call number LB 2369 M57 2009, available in the Reference Collection at all campuses

KPU Library Resources


KPU Library Resources


Other Style Guides: From the OWL at Purdue University


One essential part of a research paper is the bibliography or reference list . Remember, when writing a research paper, it is required that you properly credit or cite all sources used. If you do not cite your sources, you are plagiarizing the work of others - a serious academic offense and a violation of the university regulations.

Common examples of plagiarism, but it is not limited to:

  • Copying sentences, paragraphs, data or visuals without citing their source
  • Quoting material without proper use of quotation marks (even if otherwise cited appropriately)
  • Paraphrasing or summarizing information from a source without acknowledgement;
  • Paying someone for writing the assignment
  • Listing a source in the bibliography/reference list that was not cited in the assignment

Find out more about Plagiarism and take the plagiarism tutorial