MLA STYLE – 7TH EDITIONHoffman Family Libraryhttp://www.goodwin.edu/library
SO WHAT? WHY SHOULD I CITE?Citing identifies and credits sources used in a research paper or project. This allows others to follow-up on or retrieve this material.When you borrow from other sources to support your argument or research you must give proper credit. By crediting your sources, you avoid plagiarism. If you do not cite a source, you are guilty of plagiarism.Plagiarism is a form of cheating or stealing. It is the unacknowledged use or adoption of another person’s words or ideas.
WHEN SHOULD I CITE?Many students plagiarize unintentionally. Remember, whenever you summarize, paraphrase or quote another authors material you must properly credit your source.If you are using another person’s idea, you must also cite your source! When in doubt, give credit to your source!
MLA STYLE GUIDE Titles for books, web sites, and databases are italicized, not underlined No longer include URLs for web pages or databases unless required by your professor Must include the format of publication (print, web)
WHAT IS AN IN-TEXT CITATIONReferences to an author and page number insideyour paper.They always correspond to what’s on your WorksCited list!They are found in parentheses, inside your paper,and can look like the examples below: (Smith 14) or (14)
IN-TEXT (PARENTHETICAL) CITATIONIf the author’s name is included in the text, then add the page numbersfor the source in parenthesis at the end of the sentence or quotation (MLAHandbook 216-217; A Writer’s Resource 289-297).Example A:Cross writes that Austen’s writing has both the “humor and technique of aShakespearean comedy” (28).Example B:Cross (28) writes that Austen’s writing has both the “humor and technique ofa Shakespearean comedy”.
Citing a BookBook:Diorio, Mary Ann L. A Student’s Guide to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2004. Print.Ebook:Miller, Edward Haviland. Salem is My Dwelling Place: A Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1991. Ebrary. Web. 2 Nov. 2005.
WEBSITE FORMATTitle of Web Page. Sponsor of Site, date of publication. Web.Date of access. (If no date of publication- use n.d.)Nathaniel Hawthorne Society. Lee Person, 9 Sept. 2005. Web. 28 July 2009.Civil War Homepage. n.d. Web. 5 Aug 2009.
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