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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
Books Available in the Lewis Library
Online Citation Help
Purdue OWL MLA Style Guide
These resources will help you learn how to use the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and format style. This section contains resources on in-text citations and Works Cited pages as well as MLA sample papers, slide presentations, and the MLA classroom poster.
The MLA Style Center
This website includes writing resources from the Modern Language Association.
Citing Sources LibGuide
A brief guide created by NCCC Librarians for the major styles: MLA, APA and Chicago.
Just need one or two quick citations? There's no need to subscribe -- simply generate them, then copy and paste what you need into your document.
Note: Citations are not saved and cannot be exported to a word processor using this version of the tool.
Database Citation Help
Many online periodical indexes show you exactly how to cite the sources you find. Look for a link that reads "citation tools," or "cite this article." Click on that link and you will see the citation in various formats. Here is an example of a citation in MLA format created in Academic Search Complete.
Note: you are ultimately responsible for making sure your citations are correct. Make sure that your indentations and spacing are correct.
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