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  • MLA Citation A quick guide to citing for research papers Leigh Jackson Program Liaison Library Resource Centre May 16th, 2014
  • Agenda •Why cite? •What is a citation? •Introduction to MLA – key features •How to build a citation •Citing tools
  • Why Cite? • Gives credit to the people whose ideas you used • Provides the reader with immediate information about the sources you consulted • Adds credibility to your work • Shows you have considered a variety of sources (and arguments) • Helps you avoid plagiarizing
  • Integrity in Writing : Avoiding Plagiarism • Academic Integrity is respect for the intellectual community you are part of. • You are responsible for the quality of the work you submit. • Conestoga’s Academic Integrity Policy • Plagiarism is failing to give credit for the words, ideas or concepts you get from any source. Avoid plagiarism by: • Using source material correctly and • Referencing that material.
  • Sources that do not have to be referenced • Your own ideas – anything you conclude from your research / think of yourself. • Exception: work that has previously been submitted. • Common Knowledge – if you have any doubts, cite your source and consult with your instructor. • i.e. AIDS is a disease that can be managed, but not cured.
  • What is a citation? • Citation: reference that allows you to acknowledge the sources you use in an academic paper. It helps the reader locate those sources using the key information provided. • Citations are placed both in text and in an organized list at the end of you paper(unless you use a footnote or endnote system).
  • • Developed by the Modern Language Association. • Widely used in the Humanities. • Uses in-text citations with essential information only: author, title, page number. • Full citations appear in the bibliography called a “works cited” page. • The primary source for determining how to use MLA style referencing is the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. MLA Citation Key features
  • • In-text citations contain only enough information to allow readers to find the corresponding source on the work cited list. • MLA style referencing uses parenthetical in-text citations. e.g.(Anderson 142-43) • If the author’s name is mentioned in the text, only the page number appears. e.g. “According to Anderson…” (7). MLA Citation Part 1: In-Text Citations
  • Specific Cases • Author appears in text: According to Anderson…(7). • 2-3 authors: (Anderson, Smith and Young 22) • 4 or more authors: (Anderson et al. 22) • Multiple works by the same author: (Anderson Cage 122) • No author (The Family Handyman, 45)
  • • This section appears at the end of your work – and is called “Works Cited,” not “References” or “Bibliography.” • Entries appear in alphabetical order by the authors’ surnames. • If there is no author the title is used. • The first line of each entry is not indented (called a hanging indent). Lines beyond the first of each entry must be indented a half inch. MLA Citation Part 2: Works Cited Page
  • Work Cited Example • Book citation: Campanario, Gabriel. The Art Of Urban Sketching : Drawing On Location Around The World. Beverly, Mass. : Quarry Books, 2012. Print. • Remember - referencing must always be done according to your instructor’s requirements. Author . Title . Place of publication : Publisher , Year . Medium .
  • Practice Makes Perfect Husband, Ron. Quick Sketching With Ron Husband. Burlington, MA. : Focal Press, 2013.Print. Unwin, Simon. "Analysing Architecture Through Drawing." Building Research & Information 35.1 (2007): 101-110. Business Source Complete. Web. 16 May 2014. Breckenridge, Mary B. "Designer's New Book Emphasizes Planning." Times – Colonist [Victoria B.C.] 27 Apr. 2011. ProQuest. Web. 16 May 2014 .
  • Mendeley • Web-based citation manager • Generates bibliographies • Maintains a personal database of citations • Inserts in-text references into your paper • Allows users to share information with other account holders Be sure to verify your work. Computers can make mistakes. Citation style manuals and guides are available at the Library. • Visit the Writing Centre for academic writing help advice. Citing Tools