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MLA Style Guide

Avoid Plagiarism Guide

Be sure and check our Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism for more suggestions.

Citing Sources

  • Always check your assignment description and your course syllabus to see which citation style your instructor requires.
  • Make sure you write down where you found your quotation or fact, including the page or paragraph number.
  • If you use an idea or a concept from a source, you must cite it.
  • If you use someone else's work word-for-word, it must be placed in quotation mark, AND cited.
  • Check our Writing Guide on Avoiding Plagiarism.

Why to Cite

This short video from the McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph will help you understand why you have to cite your sources and when to do it. So why do you need to cite your sources?

This tutorial from the Oregon School Library Information System will show you why you need to cite sources in your research paper and how to do it.

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