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Writing 10 (Pravin): Citing Sources

Why Cite?

Citing your sources is important because:

  • Giving credit (attribution) to original authors helps you avoid plagiarizing
  • Citations allow your readers to find your sources
  • Citations add credibility to your arguments
  • Your professors expect it as part of standard academic discourse

MLA Examples

These examples, using MLA 8th ed., illustrate the order of information you should include and do not include hanging indents or double spacing. To see sample references on a Works Cited page, view the MLA Sample Paper at Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).

RefWorks: Citation Cop Video

RefWorks: Manage - Store - Format - Cite

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RefWorks is an online tool that helps you manage, store, format and cite resources used in the research process.

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