Avoiding Plagiariarism and using MLA CitationPresentation Transcript
AVOIDING PLAGIARISM How to use MLA Style Guidelines to Cite Your Sources Created by: Jill Robinson Learning Resource Center ITT Technical Institute Morrisville, NC January 2009 Updated by: Jennifer Joyner and Sarah Jenkins Learning Resource Center ITT Technical Institute Morrisville, NC September 2009
Plagiarism can come in many forms…
Sources cited but still plagiarized (incorrectly using Citation Style Guidelines)
Sources used but not cited
Idea (those not accepted as general knowledge)
To cite or not to cite? Take the Quiz: www.infolit4techstudents.pbwiki.com/Citation-Quiz
If in doubt…
Use a set of style guidelines, such as those offered by the MLA (Modern Language Association) to correctly cite your sources. This presentation offers advice on writing using MLA Style.
STEP 1: Integrating Outside Sources into your Work
You can integrate an outside source into your work in 3 different ways
Quoting – keeping the original quote as is, using quotation marks
Paraphrasing – restating all of the information in the original source in your own words
Summarizing – rewording or restating the main idea
STEP 2a: Pause to give credit to the original author
In MLA Style, use in-text citations.
After using information from an outside source in the body of your paper or assignment, include a citation in parentheses.
In-text citations are like hyperlinks to a bibliography.
He believes, “To make the most of those skills, we need a more creative capitalism: an attempt to stretch the reach of market forces so that more companies can benefit from doing work that makes more people better off ” (Gates 41).
This is a quotation from Bill Gates in Time magazine .
Step 2b: Creating In-Text Citations
Author name known: (Gates 41).
Two Authors: (Gates and Jobs 77).
Author name unknown, journal title used instead: ( Computer Networking Today 22).
Examples used in a sentence:
He said, “To make the most of those skills, we need a more creative capitalism…” (Gates 41).
Gates argues, “To make the most of those skills, we need a more creative capitalism…” (41).
In this instance, since the author is named in a phrase introducing the quote, we include the publication year after the author’s name and the page number at the end of the quotation.
Direct quotations : Put quotation marks around the quoted text. After the direct quote, enter a single space, then the author’s last name, the year, and page number in parentheses. Indirect quotations : After a summary or paraphrase, it is not necessary to include the page number in the in-text citation.
STEP 3: Creating a “Works Cited” List
Put the list of references on a separate sheet of paper at the end of your research paper. Title the page “Works Cited.”
You should include all of the resources you used, regardless of whether or not you directly quoted them
Arrange the list alphabetically by author’s last name.
If no author is listed, alphabetize by title.
Double space the list and indent any lines after the first line of the citation.
Create your Works Cited page as you write your paper instead of waiting until you are finished.
When citing a website, include the following information when available:
Date of publication
Title of document in “quotations” or underlined if a book
Date you accessed the source
Electronic address (URL)
Online (electronic) or Print?
Did you find your source in the Virtual Library? If so, you may not need to cite your source as an electronic resource.
Many resources are digitized from their original print publications for easier access.
Rule of Thumb:
If you are using a book, journal, magazine, or newspaper that you located using the Virtual Library, cite the source as a regular print resource.
If you are using a source that you found using a search engine (Google, Yahoo, etc.), cite the source as an electronic source.
If you are using a source available from a government website or some other sponsoring institution, association, or agency website, cite the source as an electronic source.
MLA Works Cited Sample Page http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/557/14