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MLA Library Handout

This handout shows sample MLA citations.

Video Tutorial on MLA

  • MLA Research Paper Basics
    Short videos on MLA topics (such as formatting and citations), produced by Atomic Learning. Please note that these instructions are for Word 2010, so minor modifications may be needed if using Word 2013 or earlier versions of this software.

    Off campus, use your library card to log in.

Citation Generators

These online tools can create your citations for you. Always remember to check citations for errors.

  • Cite This For Me
    Easy to use, and finds articles other sites can't, but your citations aren't saved permanently.
    A free account is needed to download your bibliography.
  • Word 2013 - Building References Training
    Microsoft Word 2013 has built-in citation forms. Since you must manually complete a form for each source, this resource is not as easy to use. The link above connects to brief Atomic Learning videos which walk users through the steps.

Sample MLA Paper


Plagiarism Checkers

The best way to avoid plagiarism is to take careful notes and be sure that you properly cite all sources.

  • Plagiarism Checker - Paste your text or upload a .txt file to this free plagiarism software.
  • Plagium - Copy and paste up to 25,000 characters to be checked for plagiarism.
  • Plagiarism libguide - Additional information on avoiding plagiarism.

What is MLA?

The MLA Style Manual tells how a research paper should look and how to cite sources that are referenced in the paper.

What is a citation?
A citation credits the originator of an idea and enables your reader to retrieve the information sources that you used.

Why are citations important?
Citations give credit to others for their words and ideas; this is how you avoid plagiarism. Citations also show how your own ideas are credible -- because you've built upon authoritative, current, unbiased information.

What must I cite?
Cite borrowed ideas or words from any source (internet, video, conversation, your own previous work, etc.). Cite your sources whether you are quoting aother's words directly, paraphrasing or summarizing another's ideas, or using anything that's not common knowledge.


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