Need help with Research? Chat with a Librarian 24 hours a day.
The purpose of properly citing sources is:
Plagiarism is the result of not properly citing sources.
General Guidelines for a Works Cited Page (MLA):
All of the following require a citation:
Basically, anything that is not cited should be your own original idea or common knowledge.
In-text citations signal the reader that the information in the body of the paper is attributed to another source. In-text citations must have a corresponding citation on the Works Cited or Reference page.
The word of phrase used in the in-text citation must be the first word in the citation on the Works Cited or Reference page.
Examples of MLA in-text citations:
Lister claims that "stained glass work is an act of meditation" (23).
Interest in rap music has been increasingly mainstream (Bliss and Thomas 75).