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MLA Style Handbooks
Cite It Right by Tom Fox; Julia Mary Johns; Sarah Jane KellerBy simplifying the complex citation process, this detailed guide enables writers to confidently investigate a topic and accurately quote the resulting research in a variety of documents without having to consult four separate style tomes. From gathering credible sources and developing strong topics to writing thesis statements and ensuing revisions, each step of the research paper writing process is discussed, with particular emphasis placed on supporting academic integrity and eliminating plagiarism. A straightforward compilation of the four major writing-style manuals--American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), Council of Science Editors (CSE), and the Modern Language Association (MLA)--this fully revised handbook distills the major concepts into easily understandable terms and provides complete citation examples for each source type.
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Publication Date: 2007-09-28
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America StaffWidely adopted by universities, colleges, and secondary schools, the MLA Handbook is the guide millions of writers have relied on for over half a century. The seventh edition, taken out of print by the MLA in spring 2016 upon publication of the eighth edition, provides the MLA's previous recommendations on documentation style for use in student writing. Please note that copies of the seventh edition of the MLA Handbook include a code for accessing an accompanying Web site. The Web site is no longer available.
Modern Language Association (MLA) Style is an editorial style, or rules that a publisher uses to ensure consistent presentation of written material. Citing your sources in MLA style gives credit to the works of others and helps your readers go back and find the information you present.
Basic MLA components: Author. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year.
MLA is typically used for literature, language studies, and humanities.
The key attribute of MLA is that the author and title appear closer to the beginning of the citation, since cited works are often longer in length. The date of publication is less important since humanities research often takes a historical approach.
Keep track of publication information as you read.
Determine specifically what type of sources you have. Online or print articles? From a library database? Books with one author or more, or none? etc.
Look up the format for those types of sources in your manual or online guide or start with an auto-generated citation.
Follow the citation format precisely, paying close attention to punctuation and italicization.
This document provides information and examples for citing sources in MLA format.
Why Cite Sources?
In academic research, citing sources distinguishes between your original work and the ideas of others. It also makes you a more credible author by supporting your claims with valid evidence and well-researched information. Original ideas are considered intellectual property and require giving credit by law.
Citation styles and writing conventions are standard methods for documenting your sources. Citations help you and your readers find the same information you are citing to refer back to the source of information.
Use standard citations when you refer to the work of others in the body of your paper with in-text citations when using direct quotes and paraphrasing information. Then, compile full citations for works consulted or referenced in a reference list at the end of your paper.
Citations also help you avoid plagiarism, which is the misuse of words, media, and ideas that are not your own. Examples of plagiarism include:
Outright copying or paraphrasing without attribution
Not documenting the source of webpages, images, interviews, etc