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English Composition: Waiting for an Angel by Helon Habila (21:355:102): (MLA) Citations

This course guide was specifically created for Instructor Essence Ward's Spring 2012 section 7 ENG 102 class.


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Introduction to Citation

Remember to cite when:

  • quoting
  • paraphrasing
  • summarizing
  • borrowing an image

You do NOT have to cite when it is:

  • common knowledge
  • original thought

MLA citation style is one of the more common styles in the humanities.  Please see the boxes below for more information on how to write a paper following the MLA style manual.  You may also find the citation tools mentioned below to be quite helpful, especially for longer papers.

MLA Style Manual

Helpful Resources for MLA Citations

There are many Web sites out there that assist students with learning MLA style, but here are two favorites:

Useful Citation Tools


As you gather your sources, compile your Works Cited section. Complete this section before you begin writing your paper! Why?

  • This will ensure that you have copied down all the necessary citation components of your book, article, Web site, etc.
  • It will make your life much easier when you need to do in-text citations since authors and dates are already neatly organized on your reference page.
  • It decreases the chance that you'll include an in-text citation for a source, but then forget to include it within the reference section.

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