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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  • Comment on bullet 1: It’s a form of academic dishonesty and can get you in plenty of trouble with the University.Comment on 2: You are stealing someone’s words/images/ideas when you don’t cite your sources properly. In other words, you are taking someone intellectual property and passing it off as your own.
  • But this is not a comprehensive guide and each source is unique. Be sure to check out the MLA Handbook or meet with a librarian if you need extra help with citing your sources.
  • A good rule of thumb: If you had to read it to learn it, you should cite it!
  • Comment on section 2:Paraphrasing means restating an idea, summarizing means condensing a lot of information into a few sentences.
  • When you cite your sources, both print and electronic (ebooks) need to be cited.A citation that is integrated into the text introduces the writer or source in the sentence itself, for instance:Because the creator is cited in the sentence, you only need to include the page or paragraph number in a parenthetical citation.In the example, the part highlighted in blue serves to introduce the quote and source being cited.If you prefer not to mention the creator in the text, you can include the name of the writer, editor, or organization that authored the book in a parenthetical citation.Example.
  • The section in blue tells the reader that this is a book. It provides the author’s name, the title of the book, and information on the place of publication, publisher, and publication year.However, because this is an e-book, the section in red shows tells the reader that it came from the library’s EBSCO ebook collection, and was accessed on the web on May 10 2013.Needless to say, this would be in plain black text on an actual works cited page.
  • The section highlighted in blue documents the original source, while the part in red tells the reader that the work can be downloaded from the Literature Resource Database and was last accessed on the web on May 10 2013.
  • When quoting or paraphrasing information from a website, you will have to count and cite the paragraph where you found the text being cited.
  • The part in blue tells me the name of the author of the website, the title of the page in quotations, followed by the name of the website in italics. The section in red tells the reader the name of the website sponsor, in this case the UF Interactive Media Lab, and the last update, as well as where and when the site was accessed – on the web on may 10.
  • 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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