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English 102 : Fairy Tales: Using MLA Style

a guide to library research for Professor Mimidas's English 102 class

Why cite?

•Gives credit to the originator of the idea
•Indicates ethical behavior which is often made explicit by the profession
•Maintains validity of knowledge development in the field

When do I cite?

• When you paraphrase from opinions, judgments, conclusions, ideas, concepts
• When you use an exact phrase from the author or quote from author enclosing text with double quote marks
•When you’re in doubt!

Print sources for MLA

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  Call number: LB2369 .G53 2016

  Available in the REFDESK collection

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  Call number: PE1408 .H26 2016

  Available in the REFDESK collection

How do I cite?

     Citing begins as soon as you find appropriate books and journal articles for your research paper.  It's a good idea to keep track of all the information you'll need--authors, titles, publication information, pages used.  While citation managers help out, you want to be sure you have everything as you work.  Discovering you're missing something the night before the paper is due can be a nightmare.

      Using the information about the item you want to cite, determine the type--for example, a book with two authors, an edited book, a journal article, a website.

      Find the MLA Style template for the type and then fill in the information you have.  That's it!


Citing features in the Libraries databases

The databases you use to find articles for your research will help you format the citations into a particular style like MLA.  This functionality is usually incorporated in the tools that print, email, or save the citations.  You will have the opportunity to select the style you want so the list you print, receive or save is in the desired format.  The following website, How to Use the EBSCO Cite Feature,  has more information about this process in EBSCOhost databases.

Additional web resources

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue University Online Writing Laboratory)

Based on the print MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 8th edition.

Frequently Asked Questions about the MLA Style Manual

Key information from the Modern Language Association itself.



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