I Cite My Sources as I Search

I need to cite my sources as I add them to my research log. Sometimes the database will provide a suggested citation for me to use, but I should always compare the suggested citation against a standard (a style guide) and make any changes necessary.

There are multiple citation styles, so I need to use only the style designated by my professor.

Step 6: Using MLA Style to Cite Sources

In English 102, I will use the MLA Style for my citations. There are lots of different sources for help:
  • The English textbook: Perspectives on Argument by Nancy Wood (dark blue pages). On reserve
  • The English textbook: Easy Writer by Andrea A. Lunsford (orange pages).
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition. Ref LB2369 .G53 2009
  • Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
  • Calvin College: Hekman Library: Knight Cite
  • Various databases have "suggested" citations

Why Cite?

I cite my sources to: 
  • Indicate that the information/idea was developed by someone else and is not my original work. 
  • Add authority and credibility to my argument. 
  • Allow other people to look up the information in the original source and verify my work.
If I don't cite, I am plagiarizing!

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