WR 121 Kidoguchi: Citing your sources
Course guide for a WR 121 class.
We cite to:
- Avoid plagiarism – give credit where credit is due
- Allow our reader to follow up on points that interest them
- Give our writing more credibility
- Help our reader see how we came to our conclusions
When should you cite?
Academic writing requires that you give credit for others’ work. You should identify and give credit to the work of others when you:
- Use a direct quote
- Make a claim that might be challenged/questioned
- Paraphrase of the ideas of another person
- Offer an expert opinion
It is not necessary to give credit for commonly known facts or expressions.
Cite Your Sources in MLA
Why cite your sources?
Resources for creating MLA-style citations:
- MLA Formatting and Style guide
- MLA 8 reference guide (pdf)
- MLA 9 citation samples (pdf)
- Citing AI in MLA format (NOTE: Make sure you've fact-checked any assertions the AI text is making and verified any sources that it references. AI tools do not always share accurate information or viable sources.)
Free citation creation tools to help you generate MLA-style citations:
- Generate citations and bibliographies by pasting a URL or searching for a resource by title
- Covers MLA 8 & 9
- Copy and paste citations, download them as a Word doc, save them to Google Drive, print, or email them to yourself
- NCSU Citation Builder
- Simple citation builder for some digital and print materials
- Covers MLA 8 & 9
- Copy and paste your generated citation into your bibliography
- Calvin College's Knight Cite
- Build citations for a wide range of resources in print, digital, multimedia, and communication
- Covers MLA 9
- Create a free Knight Cite account to save citations and export them to Word or RTF document
Need help with hanging indentation?
- Here is a link to a short video tutorial for hanging indentation formatting in Word.
- Here is a link to a short video tutorial for hanging indentation formatting in Google Drive/Docs