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CITING
WITH MLA
PART 1: AN INTRODUCTION
ML A 7 T H EDITIO N
ST. TH O MAS U N IVERSITY L IBRARY
WHAT IS MLA STYLE?
MLA is short for Modern Language Association.
The MLA Handbook is the preferred style manual
and guide ...
WHY DO I NEED TO
USE IT?
To prevent PLAGIARISM!!!
What is plagiarism?
• When you take information from a source without
gi...
WHAT HAPPENS IF
YOU PLAGIARIZE?
From the STU Student Handbook…
Plagiarism is intentionally or unintentionally representing...
HOW DO I USE MLA?
Start by becoming familiar with some of the basic
requirements.
 Take a look at the MLA Handbook.
 Use...
GETTING STARTED
WITH MLA
The rest of this series will show you how to…
1. Know when you cite your sources and how to
2. Ci...
WHEN TO
CITE
PART 2
HOW DO I KNOW
WHEN TO CITE?
If you…
• Quote
• Paraphrase
• or Summarize information from a source
YOU MUST CITE IT!
WHAT’S THE
DIFFERENCE?
Quotes
A quote is a statement
that is written word-for-
word.
It is identical to the
statement in t...
CITING
BOOKS
PART 3
2 WAYS TO CITE
BOOKS
In the text
As Herald defines them, alternate
or parallel universes in fantasy
“are fully developed. ...
WORKS CITED
Herald, Diana Tixier. Fluent In Fantasy : A Guide To Reading
Interests. Englewood, Colo: Libraries Unlimited,
...
CITING
ARTICLES
PART 4
2 WAYS TO CITE
ARTICLES
In the text
When discussing the evolution of
fantasy as a genre, Klapscik notes
that “In spite of ...
WORKS CITED
Klapcsik, Sándor. "Neil Gaiman's Irony, Liminal Fantasies, and
Fairy Tale Adaptations." Hungarian Journal of E...
CITING
WEBSITES
PART 5
2 WAYS TO CITE
WEBSITES
In text
Despite the proliferation of
contemporary fantasy fiction,
Sanchez holds that “The very fi...
WORKS CITED
Sanchez, Matt. “Fantasy.” Genre Fiction as Literature.
University of Florida Interactive Media Lab, 2005.
Web....
SAMPLE WORKS
CITED
The final Works Cited includes all sources cited in
alphabetical order. It is the last page in your pap...
AND THAT’S HOW IT’S
DONE!
Start writing and citing!
You can find the Library’s Citation Guides on our homepage
at www.stu....
This guide was created by Gricel Dominguez.
Need MLA help? Contact Gricel at gdominguez@stu.edu or visit the
University Li...
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Citing with MLA

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Part of a video tutorial on how to cite using MLA style. A very basic guide designed for college freshmen.

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Citing with MLA

  1. 1. CITING WITH MLA PART 1: AN INTRODUCTION ML A 7 T H EDITIO N ST. TH O MAS U N IVERSITY L IBRARY
  2. 2. WHAT IS MLA STYLE? MLA is short for Modern Language Association. The MLA Handbook is the preferred style manual and guide for writing in the Humanities, especially in English and Literature courses.
  3. 3. WHY DO I NEED TO USE IT? To prevent PLAGIARISM!!! What is plagiarism? • When you take information from a source without giving credit to the creator/writer. • Plagiarism is a form of stealing!
  4. 4. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU PLAGIARIZE? From the STU Student Handbook… Plagiarism is intentionally or unintentionally representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in any academic exercise. Examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to: a. Presenting assignments, such as course preparations, examinations, tests, projects, and term papers, which are not original work of the student. Original work of the student may include thoughts, ideas, and words of another author only if their source is acknowledged using normally accepted standards. b. Using information from printed/video/audio materials produced by others and presenting it as your own. c. Altering thoughts or writing of others to make them appear as one’s own. Purchasing, rewriting, or stealing a paper and making it look as if it were your own. If the student is found to be guilty of academic dishonesty sufficient in magnitude to result in expulsion from the university, a record of the incident will be placed in the student's academic record in the Office of Records, Registration and Academic Computing by the Dean.
  5. 5. HOW DO I USE MLA? Start by becoming familiar with some of the basic requirements.  Take a look at the MLA Handbook.  Use the MLA guides linked on the library homepage.  Learn to cite your sources the moment you quote/paraphrase/or summarize information in your paper.  And learn how to document sources on your Works Cited page.
  6. 6. GETTING STARTED WITH MLA The rest of this series will show you how to… 1. Know when you cite your sources and how to 2. Cite three of the most common source types: • Books • Articles • and Websites
  7. 7. WHEN TO CITE PART 2
  8. 8. HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO CITE? If you… • Quote • Paraphrase • or Summarize information from a source YOU MUST CITE IT!
  9. 9. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Quotes A quote is a statement that is written word-for- word. It is identical to the statement in the original source and must ALWAYS be cited. Paraphrasing/Summarizing When you restate information from a source in your own words, you are paraphrasing. When you give an overview of an entire paragraph, section, or book (think big), you are summarizing. Always cite when paraphrasing or summarizing!
  10. 10. CITING BOOKS PART 3
  11. 11. 2 WAYS TO CITE BOOKS In the text As Herald defines them, alternate or parallel universes in fantasy “are fully developed. They are either our own world transformed by a difference in history or one that can be traveled to from our world” (101). In a parenthetical citation Alternate or parallel universes in fantasy “are fully developed. They are either our own world transformed by a difference in history or one that can be traveled to from our world” (Herald 101).
  12. 12. WORKS CITED Herald, Diana Tixier. Fluent In Fantasy : A Guide To Reading Interests. Englewood, Colo: Libraries Unlimited, 1999. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 10 May 2013.
  13. 13. CITING ARTICLES PART 4
  14. 14. 2 WAYS TO CITE ARTICLES In the text When discussing the evolution of fantasy as a genre, Klapscik notes that “In spite of Tolkien's crucial influence and enormous popularity, the fantasy that we read today has changed, or at least, the way the audience reads and interprets fantasy and fairy tales has changed” (par .2). In a parenthetical citation Given the popularity of the fantasy genre, it is interesting to note that “In spite of Tolkien's crucial influence and enormous popularity, the fantasy that we read today has changed, or at least, the way the audience reads and interprets fantasy and fairy tales has changed” (Klapscik par .2).
  15. 15. WORKS CITED Klapcsik, Sándor. "Neil Gaiman's Irony, Liminal Fantasies, and Fairy Tale Adaptations." Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies 14.2 (2008): 317-334. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 May 2013.
  16. 16. CITING WEBSITES PART 5
  17. 17. 2 WAYS TO CITE WEBSITES In text Despite the proliferation of contemporary fantasy fiction, Sanchez holds that “The very first recorded literary works in history were fantasy: the Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Odyssey, The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night … and countless others were the prototypes upon which modern literature was formed” (par. 2). In a parenthetical citation Some argue that “The very first recorded literary works in history were fantasy: the Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Odyssey, The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night (which featured the first appearances of Sinbad and Aladdin) and countless others were the prototypes upon which modern literature was formed” (Sanchez par. 2).
  18. 18. WORKS CITED Sanchez, Matt. “Fantasy.” Genre Fiction as Literature. University of Florida Interactive Media Lab, 2005. Web. 10 May 2013.
  19. 19. SAMPLE WORKS CITED The final Works Cited includes all sources cited in alphabetical order. It is the last page in your paper and includes pagination.
  20. 20. AND THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE! Start writing and citing! You can find the Library’s Citation Guides on our homepage at www.stu.edu/library Just click
  21. 21. This guide was created by Gricel Dominguez. Need MLA help? Contact Gricel at gdominguez@stu.edu or visit the University Library!

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