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ENG 550: Comic Fantasy: Citation

  MLA Style

ONLINE GUIDES

MLA Formatting and Style
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

MLA Style
from Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age, by Diana Hacker (Bedford/St. Martin’s) .

GUIDES IN THE LIBRARY

 MLA Handbook cover

  MLA handbook for writers of research papers

-- this guide is on reserve: request at the 1st floor circulation desk (call no: LB2369 .G53 2009)  

Citation Generators

Citation generators help you create citations for all types of sources.

IMPORTANT: When you use a citation generator, use the official style manual to make sure your computer-generated citations are correct.

Zotero

Zotero is online software to help you:

  • save citation information from your sources
  • organize your research
  • create in-text citations and bibliographies

Start using Zotero:

When To Cite

CITE THE INFORMATION IF:

  • You use or describe specific information you have taken from a source
    (Andrea del Verrocio's pupil Leonardo da Vinci studied in a collaborative environment, sometimes even working with Verrocio himself (Shneiderman, 112).)

  • You refer to a theory or idea from a source
    (Shneiderman believes that collaborative learning increases positive outcomes(224).

  • You  include any image (picture, table, graph) from a source.

YOU DON'T NEED TO CITE IF:

  • The information you use is common knowledge
    (There are two main types of elephants, Asian and African).

  • The information you use can be easily found and verified by most people
    (Abraham Lincoln was 56 years old when he was assassinated) 

WHAT SHOULD YOU CITE?

  • Books, journals, magazines, newspapers, diaries, letters: anything printed.
  • Websites, blogs, online journals, emails, videos: anything online.
  • TV, plays, lectures (including your professors' lectures), speeches, songs.

WHEN SHOULD YOU CITE?

  • When you're quoting something directly.
  • When you're paraphrasing, summarizing, or adapting text.
  • When you're using an interpretation or explanation that isn't your own idea.

If you are uncertain about whether to cite information or not, ask your professor.

Cite it Or....(Fun Video)

Great video from the University of Bergen in Norway (bonus: subtitles!)

Subject Guide

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