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Citing your sources may seem tedious, but it's important to cite because:
Citations allow others to find the information you used in your research paper.
Citations help establish the credibility of your research.
Citations acknowledge the work of other scholars who have made your own research possible.
Citations help you avoid plagiarizing!
How to Write A Citation
Journal Article from a Database
Borgwardt, Elizabeth. “FDR's Four Freedoms as a Human Rights Instrument.” OAH Magazine of History, vol. 22, no. 2, 2008, pp. 8-13. Academic Search Complete. Accessed 5 Dec. 2016.
Foucault, Michel, Graham Burchell, and Colin Gordon. The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality : with Two Lectures by and an Interview with Michel Foucault. University of Chicago Press, 1991.
(Foucault, Burchell, and Gordon 157)
Moffitt, Karl. "Trends in Income Support." Changing Poverty, Changing Policies, edited by Maria Cancian and Sheldon Danziger, Russell Sage Foundation, 2009, pp. 203-221.
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the arts and humanities. These resources, revised according to the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, offer examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and reference pages:
Get tips and tricks for citing, plus information on citation software and citation generators.
MLA Handbook at the Library
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi; Modern Language Association of America StaffWidely adopted by universities, colleges, and secondary schools, theMLA Handbookgives step-by-step advice on every aspect of writing research papers, from selecting a topic to submitting the completed paper. For over half a century, theMLA Handbookis the guide millions of writers have relied on. The seventh edition is a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to research and writing in the online environment. It provides an authoritative update of MLA documentation style for use in student writing, including simplified guidelines for citing works published on the Web and new recommendations for citing several kinds of works, such as digital files and graphic narratives.