The purpose of this guide is to help you navigate the many citation styles that you may use in your assignments. Also, to share with you the different citation management tools available to you free of charge.
Any information that came from a source outside of your own head needs to be cited.
Your citations are like your paper's family tree. They show the difference between the ideas of others that you are responding to, and your own originality. Citation helps to clearly document the research you have done on your topic, and is very useful as you evaluate evidence and respond to the work of others.
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Note: the MLA 8th edition has very recently been released. Double-check with your teacher to make sure you use the right edition of MLA format.
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