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Citing Your Sources
Citing your sources (a.k.a. academic integrity) is how you give credit to others for ideas that are not your own. It is very important and very time consuming. Here are some suggestions that might save your sanity:
- Find out what citation style your professor requires
- Keep track of each and every source you examine. Be sure to record all informtion needed for proper citations in the desired style.
- Keep track, also, of which source you find information in. Always keep your notes from a source somehow attached to the citation information.
- Use Endnote or some other citation software, but don't forget to double check your auto-generated bibliographies.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by
Call Number: REF LB2369 .G53 2009
Publication Date: 2009
MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing by
Call Number: REF PN147 .G444 2008
Publication Date: 2008
MLA Citation Style Guides
The following resources provide excellent examples and tutorial on the MLA citation style.
MLA Citation Generators
Use Endnote! This is a service that the Library pays for, and it is the most robust of the citation generators. You have to set up a FREE account before you can use, but it is worth it. In Endnote, you can save citations, import search results from databases, make notes, and more.
These websites will automatically format your citations into MLA style. Proceed with caution: they almost never do it perfectly. You'll still have to double check your Works Cited list.