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There is no one style guide required for use in all CCA classes, instead you should use whichever style your instructor prefers (or choose one and stick with it). Below are a number of resources to help you provide proper citations in the MLA, CMS, or APA styles.

CMS (Chicago Manual of Style) for Humanities

The Visual Studies program requires the Chicago Manual of Style (for Humanities) for documentation of sources in all VS courses.

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Other Citation Guides and Tools

Why cite?

According to the CCA Integrity Code:

Plagiarism, or the intentional or knowing representation of words, images, concepts, or ideas of another as one's own in any academic or studio exercise...may result in academic and/or disciplinary sanctions up to and including failure of the course and dismissal from the college.

To avoid representing others' ideas as your own, then, you simply need to acknowledge your sources by correctly citing them.

Organizing your research

Bibliographic management software can help you save, organize, cite and share your research sources. Zotero is a free and easy-to-use tool which works with your browser to collect and organize your sources. Use their quick start video and guide to get started.