Guides to preparing bibliographic citations, developed by University of Connecticut librarians.
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.
Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction
Created by North Carolina State University Library: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/citation/
Why is Citation Important?
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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- Give credit where credit is due
- Allow your readers to verify your research
- Help your readers situate your ideas within a scholarly conversation
- Allow you to strengthen your argument by properly introducing evidence
- Helps you avoid plagiarism