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The Required Style Format
What does citing my sources mean? Why do I need to cite them? What are different citation formats? The video introduces “Refworks”, but we will use other means of tracking our sources and generating correct citations.
What is it? Why do I need to use it? What in the world does it have to do with plagiarism? We will write this paragraph using MLA format. According to The Purdue Owl Writing Lab,
"MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page." (Purdue OWL)
Purdue OWL. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." The Purdue OWL. Purdue U Writing Lab,
10 May 2008.
Web. 15 Nov. 2008.
While you should always be creative in your writing, there is no room for creativity in the presentation of your writing in formal essays. As such, you must learn how to type your papers correctly. There is only one accepted format. Always review and continually refer to these documents before typing an essay and while you are composing it.
A short PSA on Plagiarism written and directed by George M. Murphy. It was created for an assignment in the Wilmington University.
1. Read the document: MLA Documentation
2. Browse this essay: Sample Research Paper and Works Cited Page
3. Use this as a reference: Annotated Works Cited Page
4. The Deadly "P" Word: Student Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism
5. Check out the comprehensive Diigo list for Research 411 tools of all varieties!
6. Using in-text citations correctly can be tricky. Read: Parenthetical Citations
8. You’ll want to learn how to incorporate quotes correctly. Read: Quotations
10. Plagiarism defined: Handout for your reference