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Citing your sources is important because:
- It shows you've done research by looking up scholarly resources
- It allows others to look up the sources you used to find the information
- It prevents you from being accused of plagiarism
Citations may look different depending on what style is used, but they contain the same information. The standard elements include:
- Author name(s)
- Title (of book or article and journal)
- Date of publication
- Page numbers
Brief intro to MLA format
[Your last name] [page #]
[Your professor's name]
[Class number and section number]
[Date: day, month, year]
Double spaced text using consistently-sized 12pt font. One inch margins on all sides.
For more detailed information, consult the MLA Handbook or the MLA Style Center's page on Formatting a Research Paper.
MLA Handbook by
Call Number: REF LB2369 .G53 2016
The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook guides writers through the principles behind evaluating sources for their research. It shows them how to cite sources in their writing and create useful entries for the works-cited list.
Online Citation Guide
Purdue OWL MLA Formatting and Style Guide
This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook, offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
Just need one or two quick citations? Use this site to generate them then copy and paste what you need into your document.
Academic Center for Excellence
Oxford English Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.
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