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Structure citations: How to cite (MLA)

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This LibGuide tab was designed to provide basic information for citing sources

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Writing and Citation Styles

"The purpose of a research paper is to synthesize previous research and scholarship with your ideas on the subject. Therefore, you should feel free to use other persons' words, facts, and thoughts in your research paper, but the material you borrow must not be presented as if it were your own creation." (MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed., p.55)

There are quite a few different writing styles and ways to cite sources. The style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. Check with your professor to make sure you use the style they require. Whatever styles you choose, BE CONSISTENT!

MLA Overview

 

The LibGuide tab above has two subpages that provide quick-reference examples, based on the two different manuals for Modern Language Association (MLA)-style citations

The MLA Handbook is usually used by high school and college students and was most recently updated in 2016. It gives step-by-step advice on every aspect of writing papers, from selecting a topic to submitting the completed paper. It provides an authoritative presentation of MLA documentation style for use in student writing.

The MLA Style Manual is mostly used by graduate students and professionals and was most recently updated in 2008. It offers complete guidance on writing and documenting scholarly texts, submitting them for peer review, and preparing them for publication.

 

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MLA examples

For specific details and examples on citing sources within a paper and on creating a Works Cited page, mouseover the "Citation (MLA)" tab above and choose the appropriate subpage

Additional Info

Additional information on MLA style may be found at these websites:

Capitalization in Foreign-Language Titles

When citing a book or article title in a foreign languge, follow these basic rules regardless of citation style:

For German and Spanish, capitalize the first word and all nouns.

For French, capitalize all words until after the first noun in the title.

For Italian and other languages, capitalize just the first word.

(NOTE: Always capitalize all proper nouns, of course)